The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed its intention to revise the Olympic Charter with regard to human rights obligations, a matter set to be discussed during the upcoming 141st IOC Session scheduled for next month in Mumbai.
In addition to this, the IOC has implemented a modification to Rule 40, granting Olympic participants the privilege of expressing themselves freely while aligning with the Olympic values and the Fundamental Principles of Olympism. Furthermore, it has become compulsory for these participants to uphold and adhere to the Olympic Charter, the World Anti-Doping Code, and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions.
The initial suggestion seeks to incorporate additional wording into the Fundamental Principles of Olympism, establishing a comprehensive dedication to upholding human rights. This focus is particularly directed towards Fundamental Principles of Olympism 1 and 4. This proposition has emerged as a product of the Legal Affairs Commission’s efforts, which involved extensive consultations with the Advisory Committee on Human Rights.
The suggested modification to Rule 40 aims to clarify that participants, including athletes, team staff, and other team members at the Olympic Games, are entitled to exercise their freedom of expression in alignment with the core values of the Olympics and the fundamental principles of Olympism. This expression should adhere to the guidelines established by the IOC Executive Board.
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