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Kayla Harrison Represents the IJF at the 7th International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Forum

Oct. 14, 2015, 9:48 p.m. (ET)

Olympic medalist, Kayla Harrison, was selected to represent the International Judo Federation by the organization’s president, Marius Vizer, at the 7th International Olympic Committee (IOC) International Athletes’ Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland.  She was among the over 100 top-notch athletes invited to attend.

The Forum, which takes place every two years, kicked off with a practical session on the IOC’s latest initiatives for athletes, including the IOC Athlete Learning Gateway and the Olympic Athletes’ Hub. Kayla, along with other participating athletes, had the exclusive opportunity to test drive and provide feedback on the revamped Olympic Athletes’ Hub, which is a one-stop shop for athletes to find relevant IOC and Games-specific information and services, prior to its launch ahead of the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016.

During the Opening Session, IOC President Thomas Bach gave a presentation on Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, and outlined the progress made on the athlete-related recommendations. As a global representing figure of the sport of judo, Kayla’s insights added a valuable perspective on future approaches to improve athletes’ awareness as well as creating an initiative to helps all athletes in the future, both on and off the field of play.

The three-day event covered a number of matters affecting athletes – from effective leadership and Athletes’ Commission management to athletes’ services and welfare, communication and experiences during Games time and beyond. Among the attendees were Athletes’ Commission representatives from the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), International Federations, Continental Associations and, for the first time, athlete representatives from the organizing committees for the Olympic Games.

Athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Movement, and their voice is central to the IOC’s decision-making. Olympic Agenda 2020 reiterated the IOC’s commitment to strengthening support for athletes through a series of recommendations currently being implemented.