Olympic Movement’s First Ever Athletes’ Rights And Responsibilities Declaration Based On Views Of Over 4,290 Athletes From 190 Countries And More Than 120 Sports Disciplines
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STORY HEADLINE: OLYMPIC MOVEMENT’S FIRST EVER ATHLETES’ RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES DECLARATION BASED ON VIEWS OF OVER 4,290 ATHLETES FROM 190 COUNTRIES AND MORE THAN 120 SPORTS DISCIPLINES
DATE: 5 October, 2018
LOCATION: Buenos Aires, Argentina
STORY SCRIPT: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is preparing to launch its Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration – an athlete-driven initiative and on-going collaboration with stakeholders across the Olympic Movement.
Over 4,000 athletes from 185 countries across more than 120 Olympic, Paralympic and other sports disciplines were surveyed for their thoughts. Their responses, along with stakeholder consultation, were reviewed and became the basis for the ground-breaking document.
The Declaration is being developed to benefit athletes globally, to amplify the voices of athletes to empower and protect them, and it is reflective of a thorough engagement and collaboration with athletes across the sports movement. The project addresses the most relevant issues athletes face today, including integrity and clean sport; governance and communication; career and marketing; safeguarding; and sports competition.
One of the key principles of the Declaration is that it is an on-going process, addressing athletes’ rights and giving them the chance to shape one of the most important conversations in sport.
During the Olympism In Action Forum in Buenos Aires, Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and one of a 20-person Steering Committee, showcased the Athletes’ Declaration, which will be formally presented by the Steering Committee at the IOC Session on 8 October.
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