© IOC/Greg MartinCouncil News
Date : 15 Apr 2019
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 14, 2019: Some 350 athlete representatives from 185 National Olympic Committees, 50 International Federations, five continental athletes’ commissions, Olympic Games organising committee athletes’ commissions, the International Paralympic Committee, WADA and the World Olympians Association met for the past three days in Lausanne for the 9th International Athletes’ Forum (IAF).
It was the biggest ever gathering of official athlete representatives to which athletes from all 206 NOCs were invited. Also in attendance was IOC President Thomas Bach, Olympic champion in fencing in Montreal 1976 and a member of the first IOC Athletes’ Commission in 1981.
“This IAF was empowering, exciting and unifying,” highlighted Kirsty Coventry, IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair, who is about to give birth to her first child but joined the Forum online.
“We had a very fruitful meeting,” said IOC AC Vice Chair Danka Bartekova, who led the discussions in the absence of Kirsty Coventry.
“The IOC Athletes’ Commission will take the proposals to the IOC Executive Board, where we are directly represented.”
The discussions produced the following recommendations from the IAF, which were unanimously supported in a vote during in the closing session:
1. To strengthen athletes’ representation
2. To strengthen the solidarity funding model
3. To strengthen direct financial support for NOC Athletes’ Commissions
4. To strengthen the support for career transition
5. To strengthen the protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping
6. To focus on athletes’ mental health
7. Support for the Athletes’ Declaration
8. To invite athletes to be ambassadors for the Olympic Movement
9. To foster engagement and communication among the Athletes’ Commissions’ network
The IAF will be held together with the World Olympians Forum (WOF) on Monday, April 15.
For details of the nine recommendations, see: www.olympic.org
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