EOC EXCOM MEMBER AND POLISH NOC PRESIDENT KRASNICKI TOOK PART IN DISCUSSIONS ON SPORTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN BRUSSELS
21 November 2018
An exchange of views on sports and human rights was held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 19 November.
Debates took place during the first ever European Parliament Human Rights Week, as this year the 70th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrated. The meeting represented a timely opportunity for Europe to hear about the relevance and mainstreaming of human rights considerations in the activities of organisations that are in charge of large-scale sporting events.
In line with the growing interest in large sporting events, discussions focused on how the expectations of citizens can be linked to their organisation and to the values they should promote and protect.
Andrzej Krasnicki, President of the Polish Olympic Committee and Member of the EOC Executive Committee, was as a speaker at the event, representing the sports movement of Europe.
In his speech, Krasnicki highlighted that human rights are the foundation of the Olympic Charter and that the Olympic values are endorsed in all activities and events of the EOC. “Organising committees must respect the code of ethics of the Olympic movement,”.said. “The host city contract of the 2nd European Games includes a paragraph on human rights, which is based on the IOC host city contracts for the upcoming Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.”