More Participation in the Planning of the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021
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
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.
All feedback must be visible and can be made public. If feedback is rejected or not taken into
account, justification must be provided.
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
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