15 Mar 2019


15 March 2019

The 3rd Athletes’ Seminar, jointly organised by the EOC EU Office and the IOC, took place in Brussels on 11-12 March.

Following the previous successful Seminars held in 2013 and 2016, the gathering represented another opportunity for athletes’ representatives from the EOC, IOC, WADA, IFs and NOC Athletes’ Commissions to exchange views with sport organisations.

In particular, after welcome speeches from IOC Head of Athletes Programme Kaveh Mehrabi, EOC EU Office Director Folker Hellmund and Chair of the EOC Athletes Commission Gerd Kanter, the first session focused on practical suggestions to better organise and coordinate the work of the different Athletes’ Commissions.

Effective ways to enhance the work of Athletes’ Commissions and the communication between them and other stakeholders were the main topics on the agenda. The athletes expressed their wish to increase their communication, as well as to ensure the active involvement of their members.

The European Sport Model, EU Competition policies, Dual Careers of Athletes or the possibilities offered by the Erasmus+ programme were also presented and discussed with the athletes during a session dedicated to European Union activities.

During the second day, discussions mainly focused on the Athletes’ Rights, the fight against doping, direct and indirect support to athletes, as well as the application of the Olympic Charter’s Rule 40.

Upcoming appointments for EOC Athletes Commission will include the 9th International Athletes Forum in Lausanne on 13-15 April and the European Athletes Forum in Dublin on 6-7 December.