Topic: Wellbeing of Olympic Athletes
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Delegate Name: Nandan Narayanan
Committee: General Assembly – UN International Olympic committee
Topic B: Well-Being of Olympic Athletes
Delegate: Nandan Narayanan
Greenhills High School
One of the earliest efforts to promote the well-being of Olympic athletes was the establishment of drug testing protocols to prevent the use of performance-enhancing substances. The IOC began testing athletes for banned substances at the 1968 Winter Olympics and has continued to refine and expand its testing protocols over the years. In addition to drug testing, the IOC has also taken steps to address other health and well-being issues that affect Olympic athletes. For example, the IOC has established medical services at the Olympic Village to provide care for athletes who become ill or injured during the Games. The IOC has also worked to improve athlete safety by establishing rules and guidelines for sports equipment and facilities, and by promoting best practices for injury prevention and treatment. More recently, the IOC has also taken steps to address mental health issues among Olympic athletes. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the IOC established a mental health hotline and a team of mental health professionals to provide support for athletes experiencing mental health challenges.
Syria believes this to be a very prevalent issue. However, we do not have many funds to allocate to this cause because of the recent earthquake. Thus, Syria would be interested in finding a way to increase or better the well-being of Olympic athletes. A possible solution could be to focus some of the funds countries have allocated towards the Olympics towards the health of Olympic athletes. This could be having more immediate healthcare for accidents or programs to help Olympic athletes with their mental health.