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06 Oct 2015
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IOC gears up to host International Athletes’ Forum

The 7th International Olympic Committee (IOC) International Athletes’ Forum gets underway on Thursday. The three days of discussions and practical sessions in Lausanne, Switzerland will focus on topics relevant to athletes. The aim is to inspire and empower Athletes’ Commissions at all levels, as well as to showcase IOC initiatives intended to serve athletes.

The Forum, which takes place every two years, will kick off with a practical session on the IOC’s latest initiatives for athletes, including the IOC Athlete Learning Gateway and the Olympic Athletes’ Hub. The participants will have the exclusive opportunity to test drive and provide feedback on the revamped Olympic Athletes’ Hub, which is a one-stop shop for athletes to find relevant IOC and Games-specific information and services, prior to its launch ahead of the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016.

During the Opening Session, IOC President Thomas Bach will give a presentation on Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, and outline the progress made on the athlete-related recommendations. An update on the series of recommendations and calls to action formulated at the previous Forum in Singapore will be given by IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Claudia Bokel.

In 2013, the Forum called for a strengthening of links between the various Athletes’ Commissions, and further clarification of their structures, roles and responsibilities; integration of practical information sessions within the Forum’s programme; exploration and promotion of the use of digital platforms to communicate to and connect with athletes, in particular outside Games-time; and exploration of how to optimise athletes’ experience during the opening and closing ceremonies at the Games as well as in the Olympic Village.

The three-day event will cover a number of matters affecting athletes – from effective leadership and Athletes’ Commission management to athletes’ services and welfare, communication and experiences during Games time and beyond. Over 100 athletes are expected to attend the Forum, including 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 event is an invaluable platform for athletes to exchange ideas and discuss topics that concern them, both on and off the field of play.

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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