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10 Oct 2015
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IOC Athletes’ Forum ends with concrete measures to strengthen athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement

Forum assesses the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations for athletes

The 7th IOC International Athletes’ Forum came to a close in Lausanne on Saturday with a set of recommendations aimed empowering Athletes’ Commissions at all levels.

The Forum warmly welcomed Olympic Agenda 2020, particularly the athlete-related recommendations.

The Athletes’ Forum recommendations included:

·         Empowering athletes through better communication and provision of information.  Fully integrating all athletes’ communications into the Olympic Channel.

·         To make all International Federations establish athletes’ commissions in accordance with the relevant IOC guidelines.

·         The Court of Arbitration for Sport to develop and educate athlete arbitrators.

IOC President Thomas Bach, himself an Olympic fencing champion, also joined the Athletes’ Forum, taking part in Q&A sessions with the athletes on Friday and Saturday. In his closing remarks, he praised those present for their hard work and welcomed their recommendations.


“These are a great set of recommendations that underline the commitment of the IOC to put athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement,” he said.  Many of the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 were proposed by the IOC Athletes’ Commission, and will further strengthen their role.  As one of the founding members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission in 1981 it is great for me to see the progress made from those first steps until today, where the athletes play a fundamental role in decision-making.”

Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission Claudia Bokel thanked her fellow athletes for their active engagement and constructive discussions.

“Athletes were central to the framing of many of the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020.  We are fully engaged in their implementation. This Athletes’ Forum was extremely productive and a great chance to exchange ideas; and we will continue to suggest new ways that athletes can remain at the very heart of the Olympic Movement,” said Claudia Bokel.

Update: Please click here for the recommendations that were approved during the Executive Board meeting that took place 8,9 and 10 December 2015.

The three-day Forum, which takes place every two years, saw the participation of over 100 athletes from 40 countries with 100 Olympic medals and 200 Olympic appearances between them. They included Athletes’ Commission representatives from the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), International Federations, Continental Associations and, for the first time, athlete representatives from the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games. 

The plenary sessions and panel discussions covered a number of topics concerning athletes – from effective leadership and Athletes’ Commission management best practices to athletes’ services and welfare, communication and experiences during Games time and beyond.

The Forum also included a practical session on the IOC’s latest initiatives for athletes, including the Olympic Athletes’ Hub and Integrity e-learning programme. The participants were given the exclusive opportunity to test drive and share first-hand their feedback on these athlete-centred platforms prior to their launch in early 2016 ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Movement, and their voice is central to the IOC’s decision-making. Olympic Agenda 2020 reiterated the IOC’s commitment to strengthening support for athletes through a series of recommendations currently being implemented.

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