Mohammad Inam, Pakistan, was flown from Lahore to Switzerland on Thursday to attend the 9th International Athletes Forum (IAF) to be held in Lausanne.
He is the only athlete to represent Pakistan at the forum, which starts on Saturday (tomorrow) and will last until Monday. Inam is also chairman of the Athletes Commission of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA).
Shortly before leaving, Inam told The News in a message that the basic purpose of the forum was to discuss the athletes’ problems and seek a solution. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that all the ACs of the 206 National Olympic Committees were first invited to the IAF.
They will join the ACs of the International Federations, WADA AC, Paris 2024 and the Los Angeles ACs, the Continental Athletes’ Association and the ACs of the International Paralympic Committee. This will make the 2019 edition the largest ever.
During the meeting, participants will have open discussions and opportunities to ask questions from IOC AC members and IOC President Thomas Bach, as well as discussing many issues in plenary sessions, breakouts and panel discussions.
Topics discussed include the IOC Athletes Committee Strategy presented at the 8th IAF in November 2017 and the Declaration of the Rights and Responsibilities of Athletes, a document conceived at the same time and endorsed by the IOC meeting in October 2018, said the IOC.
Other topics include support for athletes through the IOC, anti-doping, securing athletes and mental health.