STATEMENT BY THE IOC ATHLETES’ COMMISSION
Lausanne, 12 December 2000 - The Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which met on 10 and 11 December in Lausanne, today presented its conclusions to the IOC Executive Board.
The Athletes’ Commission discussed the following items:
athlete representation within the various IOC commissions and working groups;
as for each edition of the Olympic Games, a working group was created for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004. It includes Charmaine Crooks, Yaping Deng and Robert Ctvrtlik;
the need for the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games in Athens to sign an agreement with the Paralympic Games;
in the fight against doping, the Athletes’ Commission assessed the conclusions of the pilot studies carried out in Australia and Canada and confirmed its view on an “athlete passport”.
The Commission also made the following statement:
“As members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission represented within all of the decision-making levels of the World Anti-Doping Agency, we fully support the work of WADA. We also commend WADA in the successful implementation of the Independent Observer Office during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Regarding the increased use of nutritional supplements, we would like to caution the athletes of the world that recent findings show that such supplements may contain drugs that will cause the athletes to test positive for substances that are currently on the banned list. Moreover, we as a commission fully endorse that athletes must take complete responsibility for all drugs that are found in their bodies due to the use of nutritional supplements.
Furthermore, we call on the International Federations and the National Olympic Committees, not to enter into sponsorship agreements with nutritional supplement manufacturers. Such agreements may put athletes in difficult ethical situations and may not be in the best interest of the health of the athletes.
Finally, we encourage governments to work with all members of the Olympic Family to work toward the accurate labelling of nutritional supplements.”
a proposal outlining the procedures of the elections to the Athletes’ Commission will be submitted to the Executive Board during the 112th Session in Moscow in July 2001;
medal ceremonies together with opening and closing ceremonies during the Olympic Games were also discussed.