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  • More Participation in the Planning of the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021


    07/22/20

    Athleten Deutschland e.V. welcomes the latest progress and successes achieved in the planning of the
    postponed Olympic Games. We recognize the complexity of the planning process in the midst of the pandemic,
    but we expect the IOC and the IOC Athletes' Commission to provide more consistent and better
    communication on the current status of planning. The IOC must provide more information
    about potential scenarios and, above all, ensure more participation and involvement of the athletes in further
    decisions. Athletes want to be part of the solution and not just obtain information from occasional telephone
    conferences and press reports.

    For this reason, we repeat our requests, which were already presented in the telephone conference of the IOC
    Athletes' Commission at the end of March in cooperation with the DOSB Athletes' Commission and athletes'
    representatives from other countries: The Olympic Games must not endanger public health and must
    guarantee the health and safety of athletes. Adequate training conditions and qualification procedures must
    be put in place for everyone in the run-up to the Games. The anti-doping system must be intact.


    We expect the IOC Athletes' Commission and the IOC leadership to respect and fully implement the following
    principles:

    1. Inclusiveness
    In the further process, genuine participation for athletes and their representatives must be ensured. Decisions
    that directly or indirectly affect them must be based on their feedback. Independent
    athlete groups representing Olympic athletes must also be equally involved.

    2. Transparency
    All feedback must be visible and can be made public. If feedback is rejected or not taken into
    account, justification must be provided.

    3. Accountability
    The IOC Executive Committee and the taskforce must commit themselves to implementing the
    athletes’ feedback and these principles. They must then report transparently on how this input is reflected
    in the decision-making and scenario planning.


    Maximilian Klein, Representative for International Sports Policy: "It is through honoring these principles that the
    athletes’ voice can be heard effectively and trust in the IOC’s commitment to genuine athlete involvement can
    be developed. These general requirements do not only apply to the postponement of the Olympic Games, they
    must also be implemented in the announced participatory processes for Rules 40 and 50 of the Olympic
    Charter."

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