Topic: Wellbeing of Olympic Athletes
Country: Russian Federation
Delegate Name: Hugh Jordan
The Russian Federation believes that the wellbeing of Olympic athletes is of extreme importance and recognizes the need for immediate action to address the challenges faced by elite athletes. The Russian Federation believes that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should play a significant role in protecting the health and wellbeing of athletes beyond the duration of the Olympic Games.
The Russian Federation supports the establishment of the IOC’s Mental Health Working Group, which is an essential first step in addressing the mental health challenges faced by elite athletes. The Russian Federation also supports the development of tools for assessing and recognizing athletes at risk of experiencing mental health symptoms and disorders. The IOC should ensure that these tools are widely available to all athletes and that they receive the necessary support to access them.
Furthermore, the Russian Federation acknowledges that the abuse of athletes by coaches and support staff is a significant concern. It is essential that the IOC takes appropriate measures to prevent such abuses and protect athletes from exploitation. The IOC should collaborate with national organizing bodies to establish clear guidelines and mechanisms for reporting and addressing abuse, with appropriate penalties for those found responsible.
The Russian Federation also emphasizes the importance of addressing the physical health of athletes. The IOC should ensure that athletes have access to appropriate medical care and support for injuries and illnesses resulting from their training and competition. The IOC should also develop guidelines for safe and healthy training practices and ensure that these guidelines are adhered to by coaches and support staff.
In conclusion, the Russian Federation believes that the wellbeing of Olympic athletes should be a top priority for the IOC. The IOC should take significant steps to address the mental and physical health of athletes, prevent abuse, and ensure that athletes receive the necessary support and resources to maintain their wellbeing. The Russian Federation calls on the IOC to work closely with national organizing bodies to establish clear guidelines and mechanisms for protecting the health and wellbeing of Olympic athletes.
“IOC Framework for Safeguarding Athletes and Other Participants from Harrassment and Abuse in Sport.” Olympics.com, https://olympics.com/athlete365/app/uploads/2020/12/IOC_Games_Time_framework.pdf.
“Topic: Wellbeing of Olympic Athletes.” GLICA.org, GLICA, 1 Jan. 2023, https://glica.org/glica-conferences/simun-2023-conference/simun-2023-committees/wellbeing-of-olympic-athletes/.