Gymnastics CEO Appointed to IOC Commission

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has appointed Gymnastics Australia CEO Kitty Chiller to its Athletes’ Entourage Commission, where she will be joined by other Olympians including five-time Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast, Nadia Comaneci.

The IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission provides input on relevant activities related to the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 with members using their expert knowledge and opinion regarding all matters related to athletes’ entourage. 

Specific areas of focus for the Athletes’ Entourage Commission include athlete health protection, social development and ethics.

Ms Chiller is one of a select group of Australians appointed to IOC Commissions, joining the likes of Catherine Freeman and James Tomkins OAM. 

“It is a huge honour to have been considered and appointed to an IOC Commission,” Ms Chiller said. 

“Under the Olympic Agenda 2020 framework the specific mandate of the Athletes’ Entourage Commission is to support the athlete on and off the field of play, to support and protect clean athletes and to advise on all matters related to the athlete’s relationships with their entourage. 

“This is an extremely important area and one that I am very passionate about. I very much look forward to contributing to this Commission and more broadly to the implementation and application of the Olympic Agenda 2020.” 

Reporting to the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC President, Ms Chiller and her fellow commission members will consult across three specific areas:

- Matters concerning the relationship between athletes, parents, coaches, managers, technical officials, sponsors, media and all other stakeholders
- The growth in importance of commercial and media influences, including the increasing influence of commercial contracts, employment conditions, revenue generation, commercial associations, media demands and commitments
- Ethics around the issues of doping/irregular betting, manipulation of competition, harassment and abuse in sport and match fixing

Australian Olympic Committee President, John Coates AC said the inclusion of four Australian Olympians is particularly gratifying.
“These Commissions do vital work for the Olympic movement and it’s important that the broad skills and experience of Olympians informs the advice coming to the Executive,” Mr Coates said. 

“I am very pleased to see Kitty Chiller, Catherine Freeman, James Tomkins, and Mark Woodforde - all Olympians, so actively involved.”
“As IOC President Thomas Bach has noted, in addition to providing assistance to the IOC and Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, the Commissions assist in many other activities that are so important for the role sport can play in our world.

“Mr Bach pointed to topics such as ’Sport for All’, cooperation with public and private organisations to enable sport to service humanity, the fight against doping, sports ethics, environmental issues and financial and educational support for developing countries. The list goes on.”

Led by Olympic Gold medal-winning pole vaulter, Sergey Bubka, the IOC will also use the Athletes’ Entourage Commission to help educate athletes, coaches and the athletes' entourage through the provision of a reference framework and guidelines.

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