Information for Athletes regarding Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games
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2014 WINTER OLYMPICS
“To be eligible for participation in the Olympic Games, a competitor, coach, trainer or other team official must comply with the Olympic Charter, including the conditions of eligibility established by the IOC, as well as with the rules of the IF concerned as approved by the IOC, and the competitor, coach, trainer or other team official must be entered by his NOC.
The above-noted persons must:
– respect the spirit of fair play and non violence and behave accordingly;
– respect and comply in all aspects with the World Anti-Doping Code.”
- Click here for the USOC Information Pamphlet for Athletes/Agents/NGBs regarding Rule 40, Rule 50, Social Media Guidelines, Social Media FAQs, and the USOC Athelte Endorsement Guidelines
- Click here for the IOC Rule 40 Guidelines
- Bye-law 3 to Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter: No Advertising
“Except as permitted by the IOC Executive Board, no competitor, coach, trainer or official who participates in the Olympic Games may allow his person, name, picture or sports performances to be used for advertising purposes during the Olympic Games.”
- "Blackout Period" - These rules are in effect from January 30 - February 26, 2014
- Rule 40 Waivers
USOC Sponsors: Will nearly always be granted to USOC Sponsors
Competing Sponsors: Will not be granted to companies that compete with USOC sponsors
Non-Competing Sponsors: May possibly, on a case-by-case basis, be granted to non-USOC sponsors that do not compete with USOC sponsors
Existing Merchandise: Any athlete with existing merchandise bearing his/her image or name should request a Rule 40 waiver 90 days prior to the Games or immediately after being named to the Team. The USOC will review the facts but is likely to grant a Rule 40 waiver, so long as –
- No active promotion during the blackout period.
- Advertising on billboards, websites, etc. comes down and no ads are aired on TV, radio, etc.
- Any Olympic references are merely biographical and are balanced with non-Olympic references.
To apply for a waiver, contact:
2014 WINTER PARALYMPIC GAMES
- Games Forms, Coming Soon
- Rule 2.1 of the Paralympic Games Chapter, IPC Handbook: "behave accordingly"
To be eligible for participation in the Paralympic Games an individual must comply with, observe and abide by the rules of IPC. Every competitor, team official and Games official shall observe, comply and abide by the rules and regulations outlined on the IPC Eligibility Code and shall sign off the IPC Eligibility Form.
All competitors, coaches, trainers or other team officials must comply with all provisions of the IPC Eligibility Code including - but not limited – to:
• Respect the spirit of fair play and non-violence and behave accordingly.
• Respect and comply with all the procedures and policies outlined in the IPC Classification Code and IPC Anti-Doping Code, while co-operating on these issues with the authorized officials.
• Refrain from advertising during the Paralympic Games with his/her person, name, picture or sports performance.
• Not accept any payment or other material gain or consideration for participation in the Paralympic Games.
• Not allow commercial exploitation of his/her image, name and/or performance without prior approval from IPC.
• Abide by rules and regulations related to clothing and equipment.
• Accept sport technical supreme authority of the respective IPSF and of IPC.
• Accept binding arbitration of the Court of Arbitration (CAS) for matters not related to sport technical rules.
- Click here for the IPC Athlete Image Policy
- Click here for the IPC Social Media Guidelines
- Rule 2.2 of the Paralympic Games Chapter of the IPC Handbook: "Refrain from Advertising"
All competitors, coaches, trainers, or other team officials, must… refrain from advertising during the Paralympic Games with his/her image, name, picture or sports performance… Not allow commercial exploitation of his/her image, name and/or performance without prior approval from the IPC.”
- Rule 2.6 of the Paralympic Games Chapter of the IPC Handbook: "Refrain from Commercial Activities"
Athletes, team officials and other constituents participating in the Paralympic Games shall refrain from commercial activities that negatively affect the image of the Paralympic Games or the Paralympic Movement. No sponsor logo is allowed on a person’s or athlete’s clothing, with the exception of limited clothing trademark identification, the scope and format of which shall be in accordance with the IPC look and manufacturer identification guidelines.
- "Blackout Period" - These rules are in effect from February 27 - March 19, 2014
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