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Lausanne, Switzerland

The IOC's International Athletes' Forum is taking place on 11-12 June in Lausanne, Switzerland. International Tornado Association President, Michael GRANDFIELD (USA), has been appointed as ISAF's representative to the Forum.
Previous representatives from the sailing world include Executive Secretary of the International Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 Class Associations, Jeff MARTIN (GBR) and 470 Olympian and twice World Championship runner up, Michaëla WARD (DEN).

GRANDFIELD, who has three times competed in the Tornado World Championship, will represent ISAF and the sport of sailing as the International Athletes' Forum brings together representatives from International Sporting Federations, Continental Associations of National Olympic Committes and the IOC Athletes' Commission. Earlier in the year, New Zealands' 1992 windsurfing Olympic champion, Barbara KENDALL, was accepted onto the Athletes' Commission by the IOC Executive Board. Former ISAF President, Peter TALLBERG (FIN), is also an honorary member of the Athletes' Commission.

The Forum will be preceded by a meeting of the Athletes' Commission in Lausanne on 10 June.

The first International Athletes' Forum was held back in October of 2002, also in Lausanne, and resulted in recoomendations on the three following topics:

  • The fight against doping
  • Self-marketing for athletes during and after their sporting career
  • Integration of professional athletes in the Olympic movement

Further details of the Forum's 2002 recommendations can be found on the IOC Website.

This year the Forum will set up Working Groups to discuss:

  • Athelete Career Transition after Sport
  • Anti-Doping - Safeguarding the Athletes
  • Economic Influences Affecting Athletes in Sport
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