“The IOC falls far behind”

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DThe Athletes Union of Athletes Germany and four other sports representatives from the United States, Canada and New Zealand have called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to commit to respect for human rights and the eighth principles outlined in the Olympic Charter's “Principles of Olympism” expand.

Christoph Becker

“This should read: 'The Olympic Movement is committed to the respect of all internationally recognized human rights and is committed to promoting the protection of these rights.'”, It says in a press release by Athletes Germany eV Together, the representations demand IOC President Thomas Bach in an open letter, it was “time to fill your words with life”. Bach had recently cited that the IOC's mission to make sport accessible to humanity went hand in hand with the human rights that are part of the DNA of the IOC.

Jonathan Koch, Member of the Board of Athletes Germany, cites recurrent cases of abuse of power and sexual violence, negligent treatment of athletes' health and restriction of fundamental rights as examples of violations of IOC values ​​in the German press release. “It is time that the IOC is formally committed to upholding human rights,” Koch quotes. A corresponding addition to the Olympic Charter would be a “strong signal” to the athletes and “all other groups whose rights are restricted in the environment and in the organization of the Games”.

Low-key reactions from the IOC

The open letter written in English is even clearer. The associations demand of Bach “now significant change,” it says. “It is time for your commitment to come first to us as human beings. The IOC falls dangerously far behind in what is probably the most significant aspect of the Olympic movement – humanity. “At the end of September, the German athlete spokesman Max Hartung said he was” disappointed “about Bach at the F.A.Z. The amendment to the Charter by the proposed principle would be “a first step” to regain the confidence of athletes, writes athlete Germany CEO Johannes Herber.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reacted cautiously to the demand. “The IOC already recognizes human rights in the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter and in our Code of Ethics,” a spokesperson wrote in response to Q.A. Work is currently underway on a strategic framework with the Jordanian Prince Seid al-Hussein, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Rachel Davis, chair of the International Football Association's Human Rights Council, before a human rights advisory committee opens its doors. In addition, the UN Human Rights Guidelines for multinational corporations have been included in the Olympic Games host agreement in 2017.

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