Athletes' Commission News

Athletes' Commission Social Event

November 23, 2022
Enjoying the Journey - 14th December, Sport Ireland Campus The Team Ireland Athletes' Commission are calling on all Olympians (past and present) and high performance athletes on their sports national team (Junior and Senior) to join them for a social event to discuss the importance of 'Enjoying the Journey'. The event will be brought by […]

Athletes' Commission Statement Regarding Northern Ireland athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games

May 28, 2022
The Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) Athletes’ Commission is disappointed to learn of the decision by Federation International de Gymnastique (FIG), whereby Northern Irish athletes, including Olympian Rhys McClenaghan, have been informed of their ineligibility to represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games later this year and calls for review and reversal of this decision. […]

Gender Balanced Athletes' Commission Elected by Team Ireland Olympians

January 20, 2022
GENDER BALANCED ATHLETES’ COMMISSION ELECTED BY OLYMPIANS Olympic Medallists and World Champion Amongst New Members A new Olympic Federation of Ireland Athletes’ Commission has been elected by Irish Olympians. The impressive list of athletes includes Olympic silver medallist in sailing, Annalise Murphy and two-time Olympic bronze medallist in boxing Paddy Barnes, as well as multiple […]


January 14, 2022
Voting set to close on Sunday 16 January An impressive list of thirteen candidates across ten sports have been nominated to run for election for the Olympic Federation of Ireland Athletes’ Commission. The recruitment process opened for the 2022-2024 term before Christmas and Olympians from any of the last four Olympic cycles, winter, or summer, […]


December 16, 2021
Applications for membership to the 2021-2024 Olympic Federation of Ireland Athletes’ Commission are being sought. Olympians from any of the last four Olympic cycles, winter, or summer, can apply for a position on the commission, in the role that runs through to 2024. To be eligible for election, the successful candidates must complete THE FORM […]

About the OFI Athletes' Commission 2021

December 14, 2021
The current Athletes’ Commission was established in June 2017, with the aim of ensuring the athlete’s voice is heard across all levels of Olympic sport in Ireland. Their strategy outlines a vision for Ireland to be the best country in the world to be an Olympian or aspiring Olympic athlete. Since 2017, and through ongoing […]

OFI Athletes' Commission Feature in EOC Discussion on Best Practice for Athletes' Commission

November 26, 2021
Today the CEO of the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Peter Sherrard, presented the case study of the OFI Athletes' Commission at a discussion on best practice at the EOC Seminar in Slovakia. Since the formation of the current OFI Athletes' Commission in 2017, they have tackled items such as Clean Sport, Hate Speech and hosted […]

41st EOC Seminar wraps up in Slovakia

November 26, 2021
The 41st EOC Seminar came to a close today in Samorin, Slovakia with constructive sessions on Marketing & Communication and EOC Sports Events. The day got under way with a presentation of the 14th European Laurels Awards to recipients for their outstanding contributions to sport and the Olympic Movement of Europe. They included Marijan Kvesic, […]

International Athletes’ Forum ends with athletes expressing full support for Tokyo 2020

May 27, 2021
Nearly 2,000 athletes’ commission members registered to participate virtually in the 10th International Athletes’ Forum, the largest-ever athlete representative event, which ran from 26 to 27 May. Athletes’ commission members from 199 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), all summer and winter Olympic sports federations, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), all Organising […]

Airbnb Launches Athlete Travel Grant Program - Sponsor Spotlight

April 30, 2021
Worldwide Olympic sponsor Airbnb this week announced a program to provide economic support for elite athletes, Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, and Paralympians and Paralympic hopefuls. The Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant, supported by the IOC, will offer $2,000 in Airbnb promotional credit for use in training, qualification, and other travel accommodations to up to 500 athletes […]

IOC Athletes’ Commission’s recommendations on Rule 50

April 21, 2021
IOC Athletes’ Commission’s recommendations on Rule 50 and Athlete Expression at the Olympic Games fully endorsed by the IOC Executive Board The Athletes’ Commission (AC) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today received the full support of the IOC Executive Board (EB) for a set of recommendations in regard to Rule 50 of the Olympic […]

2021 Olympic Solidarity programme for Entrepreneurship

April 17, 2021
the 2021 edition of the Olympic Solidarity programme for Entrepreneurship is now available for all athletes and Olympians in three languages (English, French and Spanish) and in a new format adapted to the current situation. Last year Olympic Solidarity supported 31 Olympians through the three programme phases and 11 Olympians developed their businesses. You can […]

Indeed Career Coach March Dates Announced

March 9, 2021
Last month we announced the official launch of the Indeed Career Coach programme, which was designed to assist elite athletes in developing skills for life outside sport. Today the dates for the March 2021 and October 2021 sessions have been revealed. The sessions are broken into two parts - career skills and practical skills, detailed […]

Team Ireland Launch Don't Scroll By Campaign - Tackling Online Hate Speech

February 23, 2021
The new initiative by the Olympic Federation of Ireland calls on the public and sporting stakeholders to take a zero-tolerance approach to online hate speech and to #DeleteBanReport it Team Ireland athletes have collectively taken a stand against online hate speech this week as the Olympic Federation of Ireland launched their new campaign ‘Don’t Scroll […]

Indeed Launches 'Indeed Career Coach'

February 5, 2021
Indeed teams up with the Olympic Federation of Ireland to launch 'Indeed Career Coach' programme, helping athletes develop skills for life outside sport.

David Harte Selected to Become Olympian AFEC Assessor

January 28, 2021
Rio Olympian and world class hockey goalkeeper, David Harte, announced as one of twenty Olympians to complete the World Academy of Sport's Athlete Friendly Education Centre Assessor training programme Twenty Olympians, today, celebrated the completion of the World Academy of Sport’s (WAoS) Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC) Assessor training programme in a Virtual Graduation ceremony […]

Irish Athletes Call For Relaxation of Rule 50

November 10, 2020
Irish Olympic and aspiring Olympic athletes would like to see a relaxation of IOC Rule 50 to allow for considerate protest. The Olympic Federation of Ireland Athletes’ Commission, following a two-part consultation with Irish Olympic and aspiring Olympic athletes are calling for a relaxation of IOC Rule 50 to allow for considerate protest if it […]

Athlete 365 Updates

October 29, 2020
   OCTOBER 2020   Athletes’ Commission Network UpdateAfter a busy few months, Athlete365 takes a look at some of the key IOC AC updates and other developments in the world of athlete representation.   VOICE   Last chance to apply for an NOC AC Grant for 2020   The Olympic Solidarity funding opportunity for each […]

Irish Athletes Add Voice to Save Navid Afkari

September 11, 2020
Olympic Federation of Ireland Athletes’ Commission calls for halt to execution of Iranian Wrestler The Olympic Federation of Ireland Athletes’ Commission have added their voice to the call for clemency for Navid Afkari, the Iranian wrestler whose execution was scheduled for this week. Sporting bodies, athletes’ representative groups, athletes’ commissions, and athletes from around the […]

Initial Findings Indicate an Appetite For Some Relaxation in Rule 50

August 17, 2020
INITIAL FINDINGS INDICATE AN APPETITE FOR SOME RELAXATION IN RULE 50 17 August 2020 A survey of Irish Olympic hopefuls and Olympians by the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) Athletes’ Commission indicates that there is an appetite amongst Team Ireland athletes for some relaxation in Rule 50, to allow for forms of considerate protest. The […]


June 21, 2020
MESSAGE FROM AC CHAIR SHANE O'CONNOR TO ATHLETES REGARDING TWO UPCOMING CONSULTATION PIECES: DISCRIMINATION AND THE IOC RULE 50 Dear Athletes,   In a previous message I referred to the unprecedented times in which we are now living - history is being written around us as the world continues to adapt to the challenges presented […]


May 29, 2020
Team Ireland Athletes’ Commission backs the call by the Olympic Federation of Ireland for minor exemptions to be offered to Tokyo focussed athletes to support their return to sport. They are asking for a travel exemption to be offered to a small number of Olympic athletes, and under the strict health protocols that have already […]

Olympic Federation of Ireland provides Rule 40 guidelines ahead of Tokyo 2020

February 19, 2020
The Olympic Federation of Ireland today (19 February 2020) provided initial guidance on the commercial framework for Team Ireland members ahead of the Olympic Games this summer. The Olympic Federation of Ireland is committed to an athlete first approach. In late 2019 / early 2020, the OFI engaged in negotiations with the Athletes’ Commission made […]


December 8, 2019
The 10th edition of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Athletes’ Forum concluded today with more than 60 athletes from across Europe leaving Dublin with a mandate to strengthen their networks, continue to push to have their voices heard within their National Olympic Committees (NOCs), and to communicate more frequently and more effectively among themselves and […]


December 6, 2019
Athletes’ Commission Representatives from Europe Gather in Ireland Irish Olympians Recognised on Opening Day of the Forum   This weekend the Olympic Federation of Ireland’s Athletes’ Commission host 100 delegates at the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Athlete’s Forum in Dublin. Athletes’ Commissions representatives and Olympians are attending the three day conference, where topical issues will […]


December 5, 2019
Harte Confirmed as candidate in IOC Athletes’ Commission elections Olympic Athletes in Tokyo 2020 to vote   Irish Hockey star David Harte has been confirmed by the IOC as one of 30 athletes who will be seeking election onto the IOC Athletes’ Commission next summer. Four athletes will be elected at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics […]


November 21, 2019
TEAM IRELAND ATHLETES’ COMMISSION WORKSHOP 2 DEC, SPORT IRELAND INSTITUTE The Athletes’ Commission is hosting a very important workshop on the 2 December, where we are looking for feedback from athletes regarding doping in sport. The workshop will be the basis of a piece of research conducted by Brian MacNeice and will be used as […]

Beckie Scott and Her Role in Clean Sport

September 5, 2019
THREE-TIME Olympian and world-renowned 'Clean Sport' advocate Beckie Scott said she was 'hugely encouraged and inspired' by her recent visit to Ireland.  The former Olympic cross-country champion, who is Chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete Committee, was here as a guest of the Olympic Federation of Ireland's Athletes' Commission at an event last […]

Biggest ever International Athletes’ Forum ends with concrete proposals

April 15, 2019
Some 350 athlete representatives from 185 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), 50 International Federations (IFs), five continental Athletes Commissions (ACs), the ACs of all the Organising Committees of the upcoming Olympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World Olympians Association (WOA) met over the past three days in Lausanne […]

The biggest-ever International Athletes’ Forum (IAF) to take place in Lausanne from 13 to 15 April 2019

April 4, 2019
Building on a successful 2017 International Athletes’ Forum, the International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission (IOC AC) is pleased to announce the attendee list in 2019 will top 300. All 206 National Olympic Committee ACs have been invited for the first time to the IAF. and will join the International Federation ACs, WADA AC, Paris 2024 […]





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