Seeking Athlete Candidates – IOC Athletes’ Commission

Be part of shaping the future of sport

The International Olympic Committee has officially launched the IOC Athletes’ Commission election process, to be held during the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

Two athletes from two different sports will be elected by their peers at Beijing 2022. These two athletes will then be proposed for election as IOC members by the IOC Session for an eight-year term of office.

Under the IOC AC election guidelines, NOCs can propose one candidate. The candidate must have participated in the last edition of the Olympic Winter Games (PyeongChang 2018) or at Beijing 2022 to stand for election.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) encourages eligible Canadian athletes to put their names forward for consideration by the COC Selection Committee. This is an amazing opportunity to make a difference and be part of shaping the future of sport, both domestically and internationally.

IOC Athletes’ Commission

The IOC Athletes’ Commission is an elected body which serves as a link between the athletes and the IOC. The mission of the IOC Athletes’ Commission is to ensure that the athletes’ voice remains at the heart of Olympic Movement decisions.

The responsibilities of the IOC Athletes’ Commission are to:

  • Empower Athlete Representation in Olympic Movement decision-making processes;
  • Support Athlete Development in their sporting and non-sporting careers;
  • Promote Athlete Involvement in decision-making across the Olympic Movement;
  • Ensure Athlete Representation in Olympic Movement decision-making.

Candidature Procedure

To put your name forward for consideration by the COC Selection Committee, please note the following:

  • Review the candidate profile below to ensure you are eligible;
  • Submit your bio and a cover note outlining why you want to be a member of the IOC AC by May 24, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET, to the following address;
  • Be prepared to interview with the COC Selection Committee*
  • Following the interviews, the COC Selection Committee will vote on a final Canadian athlete candidate to stand for the IOC AC election;
  • With the permission and support of the COC, the selected candidate must submit their candidature file to the IOC for consideration by September 13, 2021;
  • The IOC Executive Board will approve all candidates who will stand for election within two months of the opening of the Olympic Village in Beijing.


To be eligible for consideration by the COC Selection Committee and to run in the upcoming IOC AC election, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have participated as an Aa athlete at PyeongChang 2018 OR be an active athlete at the time of the election, which will be held during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022;
  • Must have reached the age of 18 no later than by the date of the Closing Ceremony of Beijing 2022;
  • Must not have incurred any measure or sanction in relation to any violation of the Olympic Charter, the IOC Code of Ethics, the World Anti-Doping Code or any other applicable regulations issued by the IOC, an IF or an NOC;       
  • Must be chosen by the COC Selection Committee and be endorsed by the COC Athletes’ Commission;
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English or French, the two official working languages of the IOC and the Commission;      
  • Must belong to an IF with an Athletes’ Commission. The statutes of the candidate’s IF and the regulations or terms of reference of the IF’s Athletes’ Commission must comply with the IOC Guidelines related to the creation of an IF Athletes’ Commission.

* The COC Selection Committee is comprised of:

  • COC President, Tricia Smith
  • COC CEO and Secretary General, David Shoemaker
  • COC VP, International Relation and Public Affairs, Andrew Baker (non-voting member)
  • Former IOC AC member, Charmaine Crooks
  • 2 members of the COC Athlete Commission

For more information contact COC International Relations Manager, Aislinn Mosher: amosher@olympic.ca