The IOC Athletes’ Commission launched the Rule 50 survey in December 2020, in the context of a wider consultation around athlete expression.

The data is now being analysed, and recommendations will be presented to the IOC Executive Board by the end of April 2021.

The consultation process has been outlined in our Rule 50 timeline infographic, and you can follow Athlete365’s social channels for future updates.

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The survey, which launched in December 2020, will complement the qualitative feedback already received from a series of calls held by the IOC AC with many ACs of NOCs and International Federations (IFs), along with findings from consultations conducted by NOCs and NOC ACs at national level.

The data captured from the survey is now being sorted and analysed by a professional research agency. As previously outlined, to ensure a robust and independent process supported by the best experts in this field, the IOC AC has engaged with FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Social Science. FORS implements large-scale national and international surveys, offers data and research information services to researchers and academic institutions, and conducts methodological and thematic research. FORS has supported the IOC AC on the development of the methodology and the delivery of the survey, and will now work on the review of the data received from athletes through this survey.

Once this process is finished, the IOC AC will present its report and recommendations to the IOC Executive Board by the end of April 2021 for its review.

Exceptional athlete contribution

The Olympic Games are a very powerful global demonstration of inclusion and the fight against racism, bringing together peacefully athletes from all over the world from 206 NOCs and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, in a celebration of culture and sport.

We have been delighted with the response from the global athlete community, with thousands of athletes from every corner of the world filling in the survey.

In particular, we must thank the global network of athletes’ commissions for sharing and promoting the survey in their communities and, in some cases, leading consultations of their own and feeding the results back to us.

The aim of our consultation on athlete expression is to gather the thoughts of the athlete community on the existing and potential new opportunities to express your views leading up to and at the Olympic Games. This followed the publication of the Rule 50 Guidelines in January 2020.

We look forward to sharing the results with you, and once again thank you for using your voice to inform IOC decision-making on this important topic. Keep following the Athlete365 social channels for the latest updates.