The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletesí Commission hopes to finalize a Rule 50 recommendation in the first quarter of 2021, following a consultation process with athletes from across the world.
Pressure has grown on the IOC to relax Rule 50, which bars athletes from protesting at Olympic venues and sites during the Games, in the wake of widespread protests following the death of George Floyd in the United States.
The IOC announced in June that its Athletes' Commission would "have dialogue with athletes around the world to explore different ways for how Olympic athletes can express their support for the principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter in a dignified way".
A consultation framework has been published by the IOC Athletesí Commission, along with a draft timeline for the process.
The IOC Athletes Commission said the consultation will aim to engage with athletes and athlete representatives across the Olympic Movement through various means, consolidate and review the feedback from the global network of athlete representatives, and develop survey questions that will form part of the consultation.
Under the draft timeline, engagement with Athletesí Commissions will take place globally until October.
This will include the launch of "qualitative consultation with athletes and athletesí commissions" in September, followed by a "mixed quantitative and qualitative online survey with the global athlete community" in October.
Analysis of the survey will be carried out in November, before further discussions with Athletesí Commissions.
A first report is then expected to be presented to the IOC Executive Board in December, with a finalized recommendation intended in the first quarter of 2021.
The IOC Athletesí Commission said the draft timeline is subject to change.
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