A message from Claudia Bokel, IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair
The IOC Athletes’ Commission has been working as hard as ever over the last few months to ensure that the interests of athletes are well represented within the Olympic Movement.
In August, it was fantastic to have the opportunity to interact with the next generation of Olympians at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. It was a incredible event, which you can read about in this issue of For The Record, and it allowed members of the Athletes’ Commission to speak with young athletes about important issues that they will encounter during their sporting career, while we were also able to highlight the importance of planning for life after sport and how the IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP) can help them. In addition, Athlete Role Models, selected by the 28 International Federations whose sports were featured at Nanjing 2014, also played a very key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to the 3,800 young athletes who participated in the YOG.
We have also been very supportive of the fantastic work of the WADA Athlete Committee on the launch of the Athlete Reference Guide to the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, which sets out the changes in the rules that you, as an athlete, should follow. I would urge all athletes to obtain a copy to be as informed as possible about the new Code.
In September, the IOC Athletes’ Commission met over two days including a strategic workshop during which topics ranging from our mission, to our effectiveness, to our programmes and priorities were discussed. President Bach has been very supportive of this initiative, as it works in parallel with the Olympic Agenda 2020 process.
I also attended a meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Athletes’ Committee with Commission members Barbara Kendall and Yang Yang to highlight the importance of our athlete programmes, such as the ACP and the MOOC online education course and we are very pleased to announce that an OCA Athletes Forum will be held next year in addition to the Athletes Forums that will take place in Oceania and Europe.
Barbara also provided details on the production of a toolkit to guide National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the establishment of athletes’ committees, which will be launched at the ANOC General Assembly in Bangkok in November. Our goal is to have athletes’ commissions within all NOCs and all International Federations, as well as ensuring athletes sit on their executive boards so they can vote on the matters that affect them.
The input and ideas of athletes are also vital during discussions of the Olympic Agenda 2020, which will set the strategic framework for the entire Olympic Movement. I can assure you that the Athletes’ Commission is playing a key role, participating in the working groups and Commissions. The outcomes of this process will be discussed at the Extraordinary IOC Session in December in Monaco.
Please remember that we are here to represent you, so please get in touch if you have any issues you want to highlight or if you have any questions to ask. You can contact us at any time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With my best wishes,