FOR THE PAST FOUR DECADES, THE IOC ATHLETES’ COMMISSION HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO INCREASE SUPPORT FOR ATHLETES AND ENSURE THAT THEIR VIEWS ARE REPRESENTED AS PART OF THE IOC DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS THE COMMISSION, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Athletes’ Commission is a team of up to 23 Olympians, volunteers who have been the link and voice between athletes and IOC ever since the Commission was first established back in 1981. They work to ensure that athlete viewpoints are at the heart of all the decisions made by the Olympic Movement, which is one of the key objectives of Olympic Agenda 2020.
A majority of the Commission members are elected by their fellow athletes, and appointed members may be added to the Commission to provide additional expertise and ensure a good balance between regions, genders and sports.
One of the Commission’s main roles is to empower athlete participation through various projects, such as the historic Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration, which was adopted at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in October 2018.