POSTED: October 7th 2015

Olympics: Inaugural World Olympians Forum to include IOC President Thomas Bach and Prince Albert II of Monaco

IOC President Thomas Bach won a gold medal in Montreal 1976 in fencing / IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach won a gold medal in Montreal 1976 in fencing / IOC

Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in 5 Olympic Games as a bobsledder / JC.VINAJ/FPA2
Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in 5 Olympic Games as a bobsledder / JC.VINAJ/FPA2

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The inaugural World Olympians Forum (WOF) kicks off with a number of high profile Olympians and senior figures from the Olympic Movement as it kicks off in Moscow, Russia on October 21st.

The World Olympians Association (WOA) in partnership with the Russian Olympic Committee, has launched the WOF will also create an exciting opportunity to celebrate Olympism and the achievements of Olympians worldwide.

Notably slated to be present is Olympic Gold Medallist and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach, and Five-time Olympian, IOC Member and WOA Patron, Prince Albert II of Monaco.

"The WOA is delighted to bring together such high profile figures from the Olympic world to debate the topics that matter most to Olympians," said Joël Bouzou, WOA President.  "I'd like to thank all of them for agreeing to participate at the inaugural WOF in Moscow and I'm looking forward to joining colleagues from the Olympic Family to discuss how we can work together to further enhance the WOA mission of Service to Olympians and Service to Society."


Claudia Bokel, Olympic Silver Medallist, IOC Executive Board Member and Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission, commented, "The athletes are at the centre of the Olympic Movement and it is vital that we support them on and off the field of play. This has been reinforced through a number of Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, the IOC's strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. The World Olympians Forum will provide an excellent platform to discuss this important subject and it will be a pleasure to discuss new ways in which we can support Olympians throughout their sporting careers and beyond."

 Sergey Bubka, Olympic Gold Medallist, IOC Executive Board Member and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Vice President, added, "I am honoured to join my esteemed colleagues in the Olympic Movement at the very first World Olympians Forum. The Forum will provide a great opportunity to debate the key issues within the Olympic Movement and I'm also looking forward to the insightful discussions about how National Olympians Associations can be empowered to spread the core Olympic values throughout their communities."

Russian two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, seven-time World Champion and 30 times record holder in Pole Vault, Yelena Isinbayeva, will also be on hand and said, "I believe that the World Olympians Forum will prove to be a fantastic platform that will put the welfare of Olympians centre stage - the well-being of the Olympic stars during and after their sporting careers must be taken seriously. As a competing athlete who understands the modern day challenges that all Olympians and elite athletes face, I'm looking forward to taking part.

Among the attendees include: Guy Drut - Olympic Gold Medallist and IOC Member;;Frank Fredericks - Olympic Silver Medallist and IOC Member; Koji Murofushi - Olympic Gold Medallist and Tokyo 2020 Sports Director; Scott Blackmun - United States Olympic Committee CEO; Dmitry Chernyshenko - President of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Organising Committee; Hicham El Guerrouj - Two-time Olympic Gold Medallist and four-time World Champion; Alexei Nemov - Four-time Olympic Gold Medallist and  Five-time World Champion; and Anastasia Davydova - Five-time Olympic Gold Medallist.

So far there are 121 National Olympians Associations that have registered for the WOF, as well as other Olympians, representatives of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Family, Governments and other key Olympic, sporting and non-governmental stakeholders to discuss and exchange views on best practices for Olympians.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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