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Olympic Charter amendments approved by 141st IOC Session

15 Oct 2023

The 141st IOC Session in Mumbai has approved changes to the Olympic Charter, as recommended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) in September this year, which will strengthen its human rights commitments.

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 change is a result of the work by the Legal Affairs Commission and its consultation with the Advisory Committee on Human Rights. 

The new wording in Fundamental Principle of Olympism 1 is:

 Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for internationally recognised human rights and universal fundamental ethical principles within the remit of the Olympic Movement.

The new wording in Fundamental Principle of Olympism 4 is:

 The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have access to the practice of sport, without discrimination of any kind in respect of internationally recognised human rights within the remit of the Olympic Movement. The Olympic spirit requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

The IOC also aligned the Olympic Charter with the Guidelines on Athlete Expression

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