Lausanne (RWH) The 2021 International Athletes’ Forum (IAF) is the largest gathering of athlete representatives across the Olympic Movement. The 10th edition on 26-27 May 2021 (both days 14:00 – 17:00 CEST) is the first to be held in a virtual format with live-streamed panel discussions and exclusive break-out sessions.
Currently, Member of IOC Athletes Rights and Responsibilities Declaration Steering Committee, Vice-Chair OCA Athletes Committee, and Asian Hockey Federation Chief Executive, Dato Tayyab Ikram is attending the proceedings along with hundreds of athletes from Asia.
In the days leading up to the IAF, breakout sessions were held giving athlete representatives the opportunity to engage and interact with their peers on a number of topics. Across two days, continental breakout sessions were held in six languages to foster dialogue among athlete representatives from each of the five geographical regions (Oceania, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Africa) to focus on region-specific topics, and have their voices heard amongst their regional peers. Dato Tayyab Ikram participated actively in these sessions, having also given the opening remarks on the IAF Asia Breakout Session held on the 21st of May.
The main objective of the continental sessions was to empower ACs in each region by discussing opportunities and also challenges and barriers that are preventing effective work within the commissions.
Athlete365, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) athlete community, announced that invitations have been extended to all AC members globally, not just the AC chairs – to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission (AC) and also to take advantage of the fact that the Forum will be held digitally. This gives more athlete representatives the opportunity to #ShareYourVoice and to discuss important matters in greater depth. The IAF 2021 is being streamed liv