POSTED: September 1st 2015

The inaugural World Olympians Forum to bring together key figures of the Olympic Family and IOC President Thomas Bach

IOC President Thomas Bach / IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach / IOC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Leading figures from the Russian sports world, legendary Olympians, and opinion formers and senior executives in the Olympic Movement will gather together to take part in the inaugural World Olympians Forum (WOF) from October 20-22 in Moscow, Russia. Heading the list of attendees will be International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach.

President Bach stated, "Olympians are at the heart of the Olympic Movement.  Thirty-eight members of the International Olympic Committee have competed in the Olympic Games, twenty-eight of those are medalists."

Bach added, "Olympic Agenda 2020 made engaging with Olympians one of the top priorities and this very first World Olympians Forum is just one of the results. It is a chance for all Olympians, young and old, Summer, and Winter athletes and from all around the world to contribute more effectively to our future.  I look forward to seeing this Forum making a great contribution to the whole Olympic Movement."

The Forum was established in partnership with the Russian Olympic Committee by the World Olympians Association (WOA) to create a chance to celebrate the achievements of Olympians and Olympism worldwide.

All 143 National Olympians Associations, representatives of the IOC and the Olympic Family, other key Olympic, sporting and non-governmental stakeholders, Olympians, and governments will attend the WOF to discuss topics of concern to Olympians and share their best practices.

In addition, issues that are relevant to the WOA mission of Service to Olympians and Service to Society will be critical during the WOF. A variety of platforms including networking sessions, keynote speeches, and working seminars will allow the various topics to be discussed and debated.

"We are delighted that President Bach will be joining us for the inaugural World Olympians Forum. The historic event will be a fantastic opportunity to bring together all National Olympians Associations and key figures from the Olympic Family to promote the core values of Olympism and to discuss the most important matters faced by Olympians," expressed WOA President, Joël Bouzou.

He continued saying, "We're looking forward to working in partnership with the IOC, the Russian NOC and the Russian Ministry of Sport. I'm confident that the first ever WOF will be a wonderful celebration of Olympism that will help address key issues faced by Olympians across the world."

President of Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov commented, "The World Olympians Forum is a wonderful opportunity to bring together high profile influencers from the Olympic family and the Russian sports movement to debate issues of importance to Olympians and the important role of sport in society."

He concluded, "We are delighted to be hosting the inaugural WOF and to be welcoming the IOC and the Olympic Movement back to Russia following the huge success of Sochi 2014. We are looking forward to working with the WOA to provide a platform for in-depth discussion on the most important issues facing Olympians around the world."

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