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Olympic Charter amendments authorized by IOC Session

MUMBAI, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — Changes to the Olympic Charter have been authorized by the 141st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session right here on Sunday.

“Additional wording has been included in the Fundamental Principles of Olympism as an overarching commitment to the respect for human rights, specifically in Fundamental Principles of Olympism 1 and 4,” the IOC mentioned.

“The change is a result of the work by the Legal Affairs Commission and its consultation with the Advisory Committee on Human Rights,” it added.

The new wording in Fundamental Principle of Olympism 1 is:

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and mixing in a balanced complete the qualities of physique, will and thoughts. Blending sport with tradition and training, Olympism seeks to create a lifestyle based mostly on the enjoyment of effort, the tutorial worth of excellent instance, social accountability and respect for internationally acknowledged human rights and common basic moral ideas throughout the remit of the Olympic Movement.

The new wording in Fundamental Principle of Olympism 4 is:

The observe of sport is a human proper. Every particular person will need to have entry to the observe of sport, with out discrimination of any type in respect of internationally acknowledged human rights throughout the remit of the Olympic Movement. The Olympic spirit requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and truthful play.

“With this change to the Olympic Charter, we are also sending a strong message to our stakeholders. It marks an important milestone in the IOC’s human rights work,” mentioned IOC president Thomas Bach.

The IOC additionally aligned the Olympic Charter with the Guidelines on Athlete Expression, which had been launched by the IOC Executive Board on April 21, 2021 and utilized efficiently on the Tokyo Summer Olympics after which on the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The extra wording to Rule 40 makes it clear that each one opponents, staff officers and different staff personnel on the Olympic Games shall get pleasure from freedom of expression, in line with the Olympic values and the Fundamental Principles of Olympism, and in accordance with the Guidelines decided by the IOC Executive Board.