Koji Murofushi (left) is Chairman of the OCA Athletes’ Committee.© Koji Murofushi FacebookCouncil News
Date : 09 Apr 2019
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 9, 2019: The biggest ever IOC International Athletes’ Forum is set to take place in the Olympic capital Lausanne from April 13-15.
Building on a successful 2017 forum, the IOC Athletes’ Commission is pleased to announce that the attendee list in 2019 will top 300.
All 206 National Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commissions have been invited for the first time and will join the athletes’ commissions from International Federations, WADA and Olympic Games organising committees, as well as the Continental Athletes’ Association and International Paralympic Committee Athletes’ Commissions.
During the meeting, participants will have open discussions, the opportunity to put questions to the IOC AC members and the IOC President, Thomas Bach, and go into detail on many topics through plenary sessions, breakouts and panel discussions.
The IOC Athletes’ Commission Strategy, launched in November 2017 at the 8th international forum, will be among the subjects discussed, as well as the Athletes’ Declaration of Rights and Responsibilities, a document conceived at the same time and endorsed by the IOC Session in October 2018. Other topics include athlete support from the IOC, anti-doping, athletes’ safeguarding and mental health.
“The athlete world is complex, facing different needs and issues in many areas. The 9th International Athletes’ Forum will give us a chance to listen to each other, have constructive discussions on critical topics and learn collectively from our experiences,” said Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
“The athletes’ voices are invaluable, and having the NOC Athletes’ Commissions present, with all other participants, at this edition will ensure an even more diverse and effective exchange of views”.
The forum will be an opportunity for athlete representatives to become more empowered to better run their own athletes’ commission and be more conscious about the influential role they can have on the sports movement.
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