The forum was marked by several meetings, notably the
organisation of the 2nd European Games in 2019 in Minsk, Belarus …
"Athletes are at the heart of the
Olympic Movement and must remain there."
On Friday, H.S.H. Prince Albert II addressed the hundred
Olympians from the fifty National Olympic Committees of Europe. A member of the International Olympic
Committee since 1985, President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee since 1994,
former Vice-President of the IOC Athletes' Commission (1989-2008), then Honorary
Member until 2015, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince recalled that the 2020 Agenda (approved
at the 127th Session of the IOC in 2014 in Monaco) is "the
strategic roadmap that shapes the future of the Olympic Movement. Through the 40
recommendations, more importance is placed on protecting athletes, which we can
only welcome. Now is the time,
more than ever, to implement these recommendations. So, during these two days of debate, you will address many
essential points, including the place and role of the Athletes' Commissions in
the various bodies and the protection of athletes and their integrity."
And in conclusion:
Note that the bureau of the 5th Assembly has been renewed as
follows: Gerd Kanter (Estonia,
discus, Olympic champion in 2008, bronze medallist in 2012) is the new President
of the European Athletes' Commission for the 2017-2021 term (he succeeds
Jean-Michel Saive, Belgium - table tennis). Balazs Baji (Hungary, Athletics, 2008-2012 Olympian) and
David Harte (Ireland, Field Hockey) were elected Vice-President and Secretary respectively.
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