Tim Lodge, Chair of the Athletes’ Commission for the ICF, has been appointed to the IOC’s Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee, which is responsible for the implementation and direction of the Athletes’ Declaration.
The Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration (Athletes’ Declaration) is a historic athlete-driven initiative, developed by athletes and for athletes through a worldwide consultation process. Led by a 20-strong athlete representative Steering Committee, it has been shaped by 4,292 elite athletes from 190 countries and more than 120 sports disciplines.
Its overarching goal is to further support athletes — no matter their sport, age, gender or nationality, by outlining a common set of aspirational rights and responsibilities for athletes within the Olympic Movement. It covers topics such as anti-doping, integrity, clean sport, career, communications, governance, discrimination, due process and protection from harassment and abuse.
It was adopted at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in October 2018, and the Steering Committee has been responsible for advising on its implementation within International Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs).
On his appointment, Tim said: “I am really pleased to be appointed as a member of the Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee, to work to ensure that all athletes are given the support and protection they deserve. To have the opportunity to share my views and input at this level is a real honour, and is something that I am very much looking forward to.”
The Athletes’ Declaration covers various topics, including integrity, anti-doping, governance, discrimination and much more, but its main objective is to protect the rights of athletes, with the Steering Committee guiding its direction.