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Saturday, March 06, 2021
ANOC Announce Athletes' Commission Toolkit

An updated Athletes' Commission toolkit has been published by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in which Bermuda is a member.

The toolkit aims to provide National Olympic Committees (NOCs) with the information they need to establish and develop their own Athletes' Commissions.

It was first created in 2015 but has been updated to incorporate the latest best practice.

The toolkit features a checklist of steps to take before, during, and after setting up an Athletes' Commission.

Prior to establishing formal Athletes' Commission, the support of the NOC must be sought before the identification of potential chairs and members to appoint.

Those involved should also liaise with their continental Athletes' Commission for advice and recommendations, and terms of reference should be created or updated with the recommended International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines.

The establishment of an Athletes' Commission should then be added to the NOC Constitution, along with the presence of athlete representation on the NOC Executive Board and voting rights at the NOC General Assembly.

Once these steps have been taken, the NOC Executive Board can approve the Athletes' Commission and allocate a budget to the body.

ANOC recommends organizing a minimum of two meetings a year and ensuring attendance at the NOC Executive Board meetings.

Athletes' Commissions are also encouraged to create a two or four-year strategic plan and budget plan and hold regular athlete forums.

At such forums, ANOC claim it is best practice to hold educational sessions on anti-doping, match-fixing, healthy body image, sustainability and women in sport.

Click Here to see the Full Overview of an NOCs Athletes Commission check list, activity recommendations and annexes

Click Here to see the Full IOC Guide to developing an effective Athletes∩ Commission

Click Here to see the Full IOC Guidelines related to the creation of an NOC Athletes Commission

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