IOC INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES’ FORUM
The programme opened with several joint meetings between the IOC Athletes’ Commission and other bodies, such as the WADA Athlete Committee, the IPC Athletes’ Council and the Continental Associations athletes’ commissions. After a plenary session introducing the themes of the Forum, the working groups began their discussions.
Firstly, questions were tackled on athletes’ commissions, looking at how to create stronger links between athletes’ commissions globally, and how the IOC Athletes’ Commission can support those of other sports bodies.
Next, the Forum examined how social media and web presence can best be used to reach athletes and maintain strong levels of communication. Existing communication platforms were evaluated, and the working groups looked at what improvements could be made to those platforms.
The conversation on Games-time experience included discussing how the opening and closing ceremonies could be improved for athletes; what information should be provided to athletes and how best to share that information; and overall comments on how to improve the athletes’ experience of the Games.
The Forum closed with a presentation of the final conclusions and recommendations, followed by closing remarks from IOC President Jacques Rogge.
The Singapore AC joined the participants at the forum who represented IFs, Continental Associations, the IPC and WADA.
- Athletes’ Games-time experience
- Communication between athletes and athletes’ commissions
- Rules 40 and 50 of the Olympic Charter
Outcomes and recommendations
The 6th International Athletes’ Forum hailed the impact of athletes’ commissions globally and reiterated the benefits that they bring, encouraging representatives to meet outside the official Forum programme when possible. The key recommendations from the Forum were:
- Encourage in-person meetings: The IOC should create a database of athletes’ commissions and their members which can be shared, along with the structure of each commission. Also, help to facilitate opportunities for the various commissions to meet to discuss matters outside the official Forum programme.
- Social media presence: Commissions are encouraged to use social media to create a flowing dialogue and stay in touch with members.
- Accessible communication: To reach athletes outside Games time, the IOC should look into developing a mobile application, and share their communications through it and through social media channels.
- Games-time experience: OCOGs are recommended to adjust the opening and closing ceremonies to optimise the athletes’ experience, and to establish an Olympic Village Code of Conduct for all parties in the Village, to protect the privacy and respect of athletes.