Salehe to attend International Athletes Forum

06Apr 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Salehe to attend International Athletes Forum

TANZANIA will be represented by Kassim Salehe at the coming International Athletes Forum slated for next week in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) announced.

In an interview yesterday, TOC secretary general, Filbert Bayi, said Salehe will represent the country on its capacity as chairman of the local Olympians committee (Kawata).

He said the forum has been slated for April 13 to 15 but he could not issue more details on the date the representative will depart the country.

"The international athletes’ forum organized by International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be held in Lausanne and Kawata chairman, Kassim Salehe, will attend it," Bayi said in his short response.

However information from Kirsty Coventry who is the chairperson of IOC Athletes Commission said invitation has been sent to all 206 National Olympic Committees to attend the ninth forum which is expected to be the biggest.

Coventry said the forum which will be held under the theme of Olympians for Life, will focus on strengthening the capabilities within the Olympic movement and highlighting their vital contribution.

The information disclosed others to attend the forum are representatives from WADA, Paris 2024 organizing committee, Los Angeles ACs and the International Paralympic Committee.

It further noted participants will have open discussions opportunity to put questions to IOC president Thomas Bach who will attend the forum.

The discussions will also be on declaration of rights and responsibilities of Olympians.

"The athletes world is complex facing different needs and issues in many areas, the ninth international athletes forum will give us a chance to listen to each other, have constructive discussions on critical topics and learn collectively from our experiences "said part of the information,” Coventry noted in the statement.

Coventry went on to say that athletes’ voices are invaluable and having the national athletes’ commission will be good.


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