Athletes' Commission

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The IOC's mission is to place athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement and Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations further support and protect clean and fair sport. The IOC Athletes' Commission serves as a link between the athletes and the IOC. In order to achieve this, the IOC Athletes' Commission has the leading role with athletes and with the Olympic Movement.

The Mission of the IOC Athletes' Commission is to ensure that the athletes' viewpoint remains at the heart of the Olympic Movement decisions.

The responsibilities of the IOC Athletes' Commission are to:

  • Empower Athlete Representation in Olympic Movement decision-making processes.
  • Support Athlete Development in their sporting and non-sporting careers.
  • Promote Athlete Involvement in decision-making across the Olympic Movement.
  • Ensure Athlete Representation in Olympic Movement decision-making.

Find out more about the Athletes' Commission

Find out more about the IOC Athletes' Commission Strategy






  • Humphrey KAYANGE
  • Hong ZHANG
  • Masomah ALI ZADA
  • Abhinav BINDRA
  • Alistair BROWNLEE
  • Nadin DAWANI
  • Allyson FELIX
  • Jessica FOX 
  • Oluseyi SMITH


  • Gaby AHRENS
  • Gerd KANTER
  • Mikako KOTANI
  • Aliann POMPEY
  • Jitske VISSER
  • Kenneth WALLACE
  • Pernilla WIBERG

Director in charge

  • Athletes' Department Director

Getting involved

IOC Athlete Commission Meeting Beijing 2022
If you are an Olympic athlete, there are a few ways that you can get involved in the work of the Commission. You can stand as a candidate in the elections organised at each edition of the Olympic Games or you can vote to elect representatives of your choice.

You can liaise with the Athletes’ Commission of your NOC or IF or you can forward your comments to the IOC Athletes’ Commission:

IOC Sports Department
Château de Vidy
1007 Lausanne, Switzerland


Athletes’ Commission members are involved in many activities - below is a list of a few of them:

Olympic Games

  • Candidate city evaluation process
  • Monitoring the organisation of the Olympic Games
  • Working on the programme of the Olympic Games

Fight Against Doping

  • Awareness-raising among athletes of all categories
  • Supporting and being involved in the initiatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), e.g. promoting the anti-doping passport, and harmonising rules and sanctions
  • Warning about the risks of using nutritional supplements

Women in Sport

  • Encouraging women’s participation in the Olympic Games and in the practice of sport in general
  • Encouraging women to take leadership positions in sports administration
  • Developing training and education projects for women
  • Raising awareness and providing information through continental seminars and world conferences

IOC Athlete Career Programme

In February 2005, the IOC launched the IOC Athlete Career Programme (IOC ACP), which now comprises three main axes:

Education: providing information, a list of criteria and a checklist enabling athletes to undertake a “dual career” (sport and studies) in the best conditions.

Life skills: making available practical files giving athletes information, advice or a checklist concerning subjects related to their daily lives (nutrition, the fight against doping, financial planning, etc).

Employment: services related to career preparation and management (drafting CVs preparing job interviews, etc.) offered to the athletes, during and after their high-level sports career.

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  • Promoting a healthy environment for everyone
  • Raising awareness of environmental issues among sports event organisers
  • Contributing to the best possible integration of sports facilities into the environment
  • Athletes are important role models, as their commitment to promoting the sustainability agenda has the potential to influence and inspire others, particularly young people, to take action.

Support for Humanitarian Schemes

  • Promoting healthy lifestyles through sport – preventing HIV and AIDS and discrimination of people living with HIV
  • Promoting the Olympic ideals of peace and mutual understanding in communities through sport and Olympic Truce
  • Promoting sustainable development and environmentally friendly behaviours in the sporting community
  • Informing about the Olympic Values Education Programme, an initiative to encourage the dissemination of our values and history among the youth of the world

Athletes’ Commission Book

This is the first book to offer the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission full story since its creation in 1981, as well as a detailed overview of the rise of the institutional voice of athletes. Stephan Wassongs "The International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission: Its foundation, Development and Transition 1981-2000" book, looks back at the Commission's various initiatives and institutional reforms that have contributed to the development of its modern profile and central role today. 

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