04 Mar 2022

EOC Statement on European Athletes Meeting in Brussels

Categories: EOC

4 March 2022

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) Executive Committee (ExCo) has taken the decision to postpone the European Athletes Conference in Brussels, which was set to take place on 9 March 2022.

The decision follows consultation with the EOC Athletes Commission, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the European Commission, and the EOC EU Office. The humanitarian crisis following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week has resulted in the European sports movement’s urgent focus being on supporting the Ukrainian Olympic Community. Therefore, it would not have been appropriate or productive to host a wide-ranging meeting on matters affecting European athletes next week. Additionally, the war in Ukraine would have prevented the safe travel to Brussels for a number of participants.

The EOC will communicate updated information on the new dates for this important meeting of European athletes in due course. For now, the EOC is continuing to work with European National Olympic Committees and international stakeholders to support those affected by the ongoing conflict.