As we are unable to gather together in person, the 10th IAF will be held virtually for the first time. It will include live-streamed panel discussions and exclusive break-out sessions.

In another first for the Forum, all Athletes’ Commission (AC) members are invited to attend this edition along with their AC chairs.

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

The Forum goes digital

With the challenges of the past year making an in-person Forum impossible, we’ve taken 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 AC and also to  take advantage of the fact that the Forum will be held digitally, invitations are now extended to all AC members globally, not just the AC chairs. This gives the opportunity for more athlete representatives to have their voices heard and to discuss in greater depth the issues which matter to them.

The main, plenary sessions of the 2021 IAF will be streamed live on Athlete365 on 26 and 27 May, with additional breakout sessions being exclusive to participants and addressing a number of key topics related to athletes. To sign up for the 2021 IAF, your AC Chair must register all your AC members who wish to attend. For any further enquiries, please contact

IAF 2021 Programme Overview

Key topics to be discussed

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 will discuss the athlete-focused recommendations from Olympic Agenda 2020+5 that were announced in March this year. This will give 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 you need.

We will also discuss the upcoming editions of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, building on the regular calls we have had with the global athlete community, as well as athlete mental health and best AC practices for supporting athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019 IAF recap

In April 2019, Lausanne welcomed over 350 athletes in what was the largest gathering of athlete representatives in the Forum’s history.

Attendees had the opportunity to discuss the Athletes’ Declaration of Rights and Responsibilities – the document developed by and for athletes outlining a common set of aspirational rights and responsibilities within the Olympic Movement. The IOC AC Strategy was another of the key areas of focus, with the participants compiling nine key recommendations at the conclusion of the Forum.

Read about the impact of the 2019 International Athletes’ Forum recommendations.