Athletes Commission [Edit]

The Athletes Commission was formed in 1981 as a solution to the complaint at the 1981 Olympic Congress that Olympic athletes had very little say in the workings of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Movement. It was felt that the IOC had too few former Olympic athletes among its members and that those athletes were too far removed from their competitive days. The Chairman of the Athletes Commission from 1980-2000 was Peter Tallberg of Finland, an IOC Member and a former yachtsman who competed in the Olympic Games in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, and 1980. In 2000, the Chairman became Sergey Bubka of the Ukraine, the renowned pole vaulter and later an IOC Member. As of 2015 the current Chairperson is former German fencer Claudia Bokel, with the Vice-Chair Angela Ruggiero, former US ice hockey Olympian. The composition of the Athletes Commission is:

  1. eight summer sports athletes elected during the Games of the Olympiad (four at each edition of the Games),
  2. four winter sports athletes elected during the Olympic Winter Games (two at each edition of the Games), and
  3. six athletes appointed by the IOC president to ensure a fair balance in terms of gender, sport, and region.

The 12 athletes elected during the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games serve an eight-year term and become IOC Members during their term on the Athletes Commission. The Athletes Commission has been charged with three responsibilities:

  1. discuss its views biannually with the IOC Executive Board and report to the IOC session,
  2. delegate athlete representatives to other IOC Commissions, and
  3. establish working groups to act as liaison to the OCOGs.