On Monday 5 October, the IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) conducted a call with over 100 athlete representatives from International Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Paralympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency. The call allowed the IOC AC to share the latest news surrounding the preparations for Tokyo 2020, as well as presenting information about initiatives for safe sport and answering participants’ questions.
- The virtual meeting was led by IOC AC Chair Kirsty Coventry, while IOC President Thomas Bach and IOC directors were present to provide updates and answer questions.
- The IOC Safeguarding team joined the call to present the latest developments in preventing harassment and abuse in sport.
- Other topics covered included athlete funding and support, and Tokyo 2020 qualification processes.
- The support for some athletes in Belarus and the case of the Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari were also discussed.
Foreword by Kirsty Coventry
I would like to start by thanking everyone who attended the global call on Monday 5 October. It is vital that we continue to communicate and receive your feedback to continuously improve our direct engagement with and support for you.
Your participation in these calls is so important for us, and we appreciate you giving your time. It is a unique time – we see the positive side with the return of events in a number of sports but also very challenging times still in many regions and for many athletes.
President Bach joined us to discuss some important updates on the call, including ongoing preparations for Tokyo 2020, IOC AC activities, the current issues in Belarus and more.
We also took the time to reiterate our sadness at the execution of our fellow athlete, Navid Afkari. We continue to offer our thoughts and prayers to Navid’s family and friends.
In addition, we discussed the latest actions and our concern about the situation in Belarus. The IOC has proactively contacted the NOC of Belarus and asked for clarification to ensure that athletes are not punished for their political opinions while respecting the local laws. In the meantime, there were further developments which can be read here. The IOC EB decided to strengthen its investigation into the NOC of Belarus.
Against the backdrop of these two very important examples, I want to mention that we are very mindful of the consequences of our actions and public statements.
We must focus on results and the outcome that we want to achieve, and not on making headlines. This is why we always try to work through diplomacy and our existing channels.
As ever, please share these communications with your fellow athletes, and do get in touch if you have any questions or feedback by emailing us at [email protected] or by using the Athlete365 community app.
“See you in Tokyo or Beijing!”
IOC President Bach addresses the athletes’ community. pic.twitter.com/YZ83FXHybD
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