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The IOC’s mission is to place athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement, and Olympic Agenda 2020 sets out the strategic roadmap for this. This includes Recommendation 18: Strengthen support to athletes, which includes athlete safeguarding.

At the core of the IOC Athlete Safeguarding initiatives lies the fundamental principle that all athletes have the right to safe sport which is respectful, fair, equitable, and free from all forms of harassment and abuse. 

 

To ensure that this is the case during the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games, the IOC has developed the following two Frameworks

  • The IOC Games-Time Framework
  • The IOC Youth Olympic Games-Time Framework

IOC Games-Time Framework

What is it?

The IOC Games-Time Framework was first implemented at the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016. The Framework and its associated reporting structure detail how incidents of harassment and abuse in sport may be reported during Games time, and the subsequent procedures to safeguard athletes. It also confirms that:

  1. An IOC Safeguarding Officer, central to the management of any reported case of harassment and abuse, will be on site during the Olympic Games.

Information for athletes on how to report a case will be available on the Athlete365 platform prior to the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, as well as in the Olympic Village Polyclinic. All reported incidents are dealt with through a comprehensive procedure, which is linked with local law enforcement agencies and disciplinary channels.

Who does it apply to?

The Framework applies to ALL participants in each edition of the Olympic Games.

When does it apply?

During the Games-Time Period (from the opening to the closing of the Olympic Village) of each edition of the Olympic Games

Download the Games-Time Framework:

IOC Youth Olympic Games-Time Framework

What is it?

The Youth Olympic Games-Time Framework details how incidents of harassment and abuse in sport may be reported during the Youth Olympic Games, and the subsequent procedures to safeguard athletes.

It was implemented for the first time at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

The Youth Olympic Games-Time Framework will be adapted for each edition of the Youth Olympic Games to ensure it will always align with national law as it relates to minors in the host country of the Youth Olympic Games.

Central to the Youth Olympic Games-Time Framework are specially designed, youth-centred educational tools and materials.

The Youth-Olympic Games-Time Framework further ensures that:

  1. An IOC Safeguarding Officer, central to the management of any reported case of harassment and abuse, will be on site during the Youth Olympic Games.
  2. Information for athletes on how reports may be made is available on the Athlete365 website as well as in the Safe Sport booth.
  3. Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee athlete psychologists, psychiatrists and medical teams are on site.

All reported incidents are dealt with through a comprehensive procedure, which is linked with local law enforcement agencies and disciplinary channels.

Who does it apply to?

The Framework will apply to ALL participants in each edition of the Youth Olympic Games.

When does it apply?

During the Youth Olympic Games-Time Period (from the opening to the closing of the Youth Olympic Village) of each edition of the Youth Olympic Games.

Download the Youth Olympic Games-Time Framework, Buenos Aires 2018:

Download the Youth Olympic Games-Time Framework, Lausanne 2020:

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