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Issue 12 2014

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The Warm-Up

A message from Claudia Bokel, IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair

This year has been very significant, not only for the Olympic Movement, but also for the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

We played a major role in every important Olympic milestone in 2014, from the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, where we elected two new members, and the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, where we engaged with young athletes from all over the world, to the momentous IOC Session in Monaco, where we were instrumental in the Olympic Agenda 2020 discussions that will shape the future of the Olympic Movement.

Keeping athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement was one of the five themes around which all the discussions were centred, and the Athletes’ Commission was heavily involved in the working groups that helped frame some of the key recommendations. For example, I chaired the “Protecting Clean Athletes” working group myself, and I think this shows that the input of the athletes is very important to the Olympic Movement.

One key example is the change to the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism to include sexual orientation, which is something that came out of our Athletes’ Commission – together with the input of different Athletes’ Commissions around the world. I think that is a great example of how athletes are influencing the Olympic Movement.

Overall, from the athletes’ perspective, we were very happy with all the recommendations for Olympic Agenda 2020, and appreciate all the input we received from athletes who emailed us or spoke with us. It really demonstrated that your opinions were at the heart of the whole process.

It is now up to us to provide the same level of input for the implementation of these recommendations.

To achieve this, we need to maintain our communications with you, the athletes; so please remember that you can contact us at any time by emailing us at athletes@olympic.org. 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. Next year, we have the International Athletes’ Forum in October, and so we shall also be looking for input from athlete representatives from around the world with regard to that.

Overall, we can definitely look back on a successful year within the IOC Athletes’ Commission, and also for athletes as a whole, and we look forward to further successes in 2015.

With my best wishes,

Claudia

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