IOC – GAISF Safeguarding Workshop

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The objective of this workshop will be to introduce the concept of environmental risk as a key component to the manifestation of abuse in the sports community and to stimulate IFs to consider the opportunity to take meaningful actions towards creating safe sporting environments through organisation risk assessments, mitigation strategies, education and awareness.

Athletes’ safety and wellbeing is a priority and a core value for the IOC, which is committed to leading and supporting the Olympic Movement in the implementation of safeguarding measures, in line with its mission stated in the Olympic Charter to “promote safe sport and the protection of athletes from all forms of harassment and abuse”.

“All athletes have the right to safe sport, which is respectful, fair, equitable, and free from all forms of harassment, discrimination and abuse,” said HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, IOC Executive Board Member and Chair of the IOC Prevention of Harassment and Abuse (PHAS) in Sport Working Group. “On this principle lie the IOC Athlete Safeguarding initiatives, which are in line with Safer Sport Day’s objectives to raise awareness and encourage sports organisations to take action.”

GAISF Vice President and AIMS President, Stephan Fox stated, “We must continue to take concrete actions, implement safe sport initiatives and create awareness. The Olympic movement must stand together promoting safe sport and protecting all our athletes and youth from any kind of harassment and abuse.”

During this unprecedented period, International Federations have had to navigate the digital transformation brought on by the COVID 19 pandemic to be in a position to support their athletes and define a safe sporting environment to avoid any form of abuse that could be detrimental to Athletes’ health and environment.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 21st 1.30PM CET.