The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the IOC Athletes’ Commission held their annual joint meeting in Lausanne on January 17. As part of the agenda, the Commission presented the key achievements of 2018 and the milestones for 2019.
The IOC maximised its communication effort at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. This led to record participation in the IOC Athletes’ Commission election of 83.9 per cent at the Olympic Winter PyeongChang 2018.
The wide range of organisations that have adopted the Athletes’ Rights and Responsibility Declaration shows the relevance of the document, both in terms of content and timing for the Olympic Movement. After it was adopted by the 133rd IOC Session in Buenos Aires in October 2018, it was:
· Endorsed by the ASOIF General Council;
· Adopted by the ANOC General Assembly in Tokyo;
· Given the full support of the PanAm Sports Athletes’ Forum and the OCA Athletes’ Forum;
· Adopted by a number of International Federations, including FIS, and National Olympic Committees;
· Emphasised by the Olympic Summit. All participants agreed to implement it in their own organisations.
The major milestone of 2019 will be the 9thInternational Athletes’ Forum organised from 13thto 15thApril 2019 in Lausanne. For the first time, athlete representatives from all 206 NOCs are invited, as are those from all Olympic Summer and Winter International Federations, the Continental Associations of NOCs, the Association of National Olympic Committees, all Organising Committees for the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World Olympians Association (WOA). Some 350 athlete representatives from across the Olympic Movement are expected to attend. It will be by far the largest athlete-representative gathering for the Olympic Movement ever.
The IOC EB and the IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) also discussed the topic of anti-doping. Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC AC, informed the EB about the statement the Commission had issued on 4thJanuary 2019.