The 10th IAF was held virtually for the first time. It included live-streamed panel discussions and exclusive break-out sessions.

Owing to the digital opportunity, the invite was extended to all Athletes’ Commission (AC) members along with their AC chairs.

Key discussion points were Olympic Agenda 2020+5 athlete recommendations, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, and how to further empower and equip ACs.

#IAF2021 goes digital

The IAF 2021 was streamed live right here on Athlete365 on the 26 and 27 May.

With the challenges of the past year making an in-person Forum impossible, we took this as an opportunity to hold a virtual event and open the 10th International Athletes’ Forum up to more athletes worldwide. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission (AC) and also to take advantage of the fact that the Forum will be held digitally, invitations were extended to all AC members globally, not just the AC chairs. This gave the opportunity for more of you, the athlete representatives to #ShareYourVoice and to discuss in greater depth the issues which matter to you.

Watch the 2021 International Athletes' Forum

26 and 27 May (14:00 – 17:00 CEST)

Live and On Demand

Moderated by Olympian Jeanette Kwakye. See below for the full programme:

26 May | 14:00 – 17:00 CEST

Welcome
Kirsty Coventry  |  IOC President Thomas Bach

IOC Athletes’ Commission
Danka Bartekova

Athlete support
James Macleod  |  Lana Haddad  |  Kirsty Coventry

Athlete well-being
Abhinav Bindra  |  Lindsey Vonn  |  Kady Kanouté Tounkara  |
Frida Svensson  |  Dr Richard Budgett

Close of day
Kirsty Coventry

27 May | 14:00 – 17:00 CEST

Welcome
Kirsty Coventry

Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022
Panellists and special guests

Olympic Agenda 2020+5
Kirsty Coventry

Q&A Session with IOC President Thomas Bach

Close of IAF 2021
Kirsty Coventry

#IAF2021
Day 1 Summary
#IAF2021
Day 2 Summary

Key topics discussed

Olympic Agenda 2020+5
Olympic Agenda 2020 was launched in 2014 with the goal of increasing support to you, the athletes, and ensuring that you remain at the heart of the Olympic Movement. Building on this impact, we discussed the athlete-focused recommendations from Olympic Agenda 2020+5 that were announced in March this year. This gave athlete representatives the chance to discuss how best to implement these recommendations, ensuring that they are effectively rolled out and applied to athletes globally, properly empowering and equipping ACs with the resources they need.

Olympic Games
Upcoming editions of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 were discussed, building on the regular calls we have had with the global athlete community. The Tokyo 2020 Playbooks contain important information that will help you and other participants compete safely at the Games while keeping others safe. In addition to sharing the latest information at the IAF, future editions of the playbooks and other important developments were on the agenda.

Mental health and well-being
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching consequences for the world of sport, changing the way in which we prepare for competitions, gather as commissions, and even how we cope on a personal level. At the IAF 2021, athlete mental health and best AC practices for supporting athletes during the pandemic and beyond were a focus. For the past year, the athlete community has pulled together impressively, but it is vital that we continue to discuss and develop ways in which we can continue to support each other through the pandemic.

Meet the speakers

KIRSTY COVENTRY
ZIMBABWE – SWIMMING
IOC AC CHAIR

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DANKA BARTEKOVA
SLOVAKIA – SHOOTING
IOC AC VICE-CHAIR

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JEANETTE KWAKYE
GREAT BRITAIN – ATHLETICS
MODERATOR

THOMAS BACH
GERMANY – FENCING
IOC PRESIDENT

JAMES MACLEOD
OLYMPIC SOLIDARITY AND NOC RELATIONS DIRECTOR

LANA HADDAD
IOC CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

KIT MCCONNELL
IOC SPORTS DIRECTOR

PIERRE DUCREY
OLYMPIC GAMES OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Athlete well-being panellists

ABHINAV BINDRA
IOC AC MEMBER / OLYMPIC CHAMPION

LINDSEY VONN
OLYMPIC CHAMPION

KADY KANOUTE
MALI AC CHAIR

FRIDA SVENSSON
ROWING AC CHAIR

DR RICHARD BUDGETT
IOC MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR / OLYMPIC CHAMPION