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“This is a defining moment for the IOC Athletes’ Commission, and I am thrilled to be launching a bold new Strategy on behalf of my fellow athletes and Members. This has resulted from months of collective efforts with athletes throughout the Olympic Movement and it now defines the direction that will lead our work over the next five years”, said Angela Ruggiero, member of the IOC Executive Board and chair of the Athletes Commission.
“We believe our Strategy is inclusive. We are ready to continue this important consultation and collaboration to engage with all athletes across the world to ensure we understand their perspective, and in turn, can engage with the entire Olympic Movement to make sure their voice is part of the decision-making process. To do this, we must be ‘All In’. All stakeholders must be part of this.”
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Games. Their voice is very important in the IOC. As the elected athlete representatives within the Olympic Movement, the IOC Athletes’ Commission is working to lead by example and provide a guiding reference for other athletes’ commissions. We are greatly supporting this Strategy. Having the Chair of the Athletes Commission as a member of the EB ensures the athletes’ voice is highly influential in all the IOC’s decisions.”
The Chair also took this opportunity to outline a future Charter of Athlete Rights and Responsibilities, which would mark a key implementation of the new “All In” Strategy.
A future direction driven by and for athletes
The link between athletes and the IOC, the IOC Athletes’ Commission is building on Olympic Agenda 2020 and the great work of former Commission members to further reinforce engagement with athletes, support them to succeed in their sporting and non-sporting careers, and create an effective global athletes’ commission network.
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