International Olympic Committee Executive Board member and Jordan Olympic Committee President HRH Prince Feisal al Hussein has been appointed as the Chair of a new IOC group focused on coordinating safeguarding in the Olympic Movement.
IOC President Thomas Bach announced the formation of the group, which will consider the best approach to establishing independent safeguarding systems and structures at the national level, ensuring resources are directed to where they are most needed to support athletes and build safeguarding capacity in sports organisations.
In his capacity as chair of the IOC Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport Working Group, Prince Feisal oversaw the IOC’s assessment in October 2022 with all International Federations on the Summer and Winter Olympic programs to determine the current status of safeguarding and to establish the key challenges faced.
“I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the IOC’s new Working Group on safeguarding by President Bach and the IOC Executive Board,” Feisal said. “This is a critically important programme that I am very passionate about and to see all the IFs respond to the IOC’s assessment last October shows how seriously Olympic stakeholders are taking it. This is validation for the work that has already been done in the fight for safe sport, but we are committed to doing more and this Working Group will play a key role in helping safeguard increasing numbers of vulnerable athletes around the world.”