Tim Lodge and Douwe de Vries become the two newest members of the Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee.
Tayyab Ikram also replaces Koji Murofushi as the Olympic Council of Asia Athletes’ Commission representative on the Steering Committee.
The Committee will continue to advise on the implementation and adoption of the Athletes’ Declaration around the world.
The Steering Committee
As they join the Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee (SC), Tim Lodge and Douwe de Vries, Chairs of the Athletes’ Commissions of the ICF and the ISU respectively, become the 18th and 19th members of the Committee.
The SC is responsible for providing input and advice on implementing the Athletes’ Declaration, as well as engaging with Olympic Movement stakeholders to evaluate the Declaration’s impact. This latest phase of the project is looking to champion the implementation, including collating best practices, supporting engagement and developing review methods.
What they say
Tim, of Great Britain, has a strong history of athlete representation, having been an athlete representative with British Canoeing and a member of the British Athletes’ Commission, then on the chair the ICF Athletes’ Commission.
On his appointment, Tim said: “I am really pleased to be appointed as a member of the Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee, to work to ensure that all athletes are given the support and protection they deserve. To have the opportunity to share my views and input at this level is a real honour, and is something that I am very much looking forward to.”
Douwe, of the Netherlands, is a long track speed skater who has won several medals at the World Single Distances Championships throughout his career. He is also the speed skating representative and chair of the ISU Athletes’ Commission.
Douwe commented: “In my Athletes’ Commission, we are currently working on a lot of issues that are mentioned in the Athletes’ Declaration. The Declaration provides us with more topics to work on to develop sport, and I am looking forward to contributing to it.”
TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE MY VIEWS AND INPUT AT THIS LEVEL IS A REAL HONOUR, AND IS SOMETHING THAT I AM VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO.
The Athletes’ Declaration
The Athletes’ Declaration covers various topics, including integrity, anti-doping, governance, discrimination and much more, but its main objective is to protect the rights of athletes, with the SC guiding its direction.
In addition to the two new appointments to the SC, Tayyab Ikram will replace Koji Murofushi as the Olympic Council of Asia Athletes’ Commission representative within the Steering Committee.