Moscow to host the inaugural World Olympians Forum

11 | 8 | 2015

The inaugural World Olympians Forum [WOF] will take place in Moscow, Russia from 20 – 22 October 2015.

The WOF will bring together all 143 National Olympians Associations, Olympians, representatives of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Family, Governments and other key Olympic, sporting and non-governmental stakeholders to share best practices and discuss the topics of greatest concern to Olympians.

The 2015 WOF, established by the World Olympians Association in partnership with the Russian Olympic Committee, will also create an exciting opportunity to celebrate Olympism and the achievements of Olympians worldwide.

Speaking about the WOF, WOA President Joël Bouzou, said:

“There are 100,000 living Olympians organised into 143 National Olympians Associations around the world and it is the WOA’s remit to represent them all and to work for the benefit of all Olympians at all stages of their lives. The inaugural WOF will be a fantastic platform to bring together all NOAs and key figures from the Olympic family to promote the Olympic values and to discuss and debate the key issues for Olympians and the Olympic Movement around the globe.

“The inaugural WOF will be an historic event that will be forever recorded in Olympic history. By working in partnership with the Russian NOC we will also recognise the global success of Sochi 2014 and celebrate Russian history and sporting culture. I’m confident that the first ever WOF will be a wonderful celebration of Olympism that will help to shape the agenda going forward on issues concerning Olympians.”

Alexander Zhukov, President of Russian Olympic Committee, said:

“The World Olympians Forum is a wonderful opportunity to bring together high profile influencers from the Olympic family and the Russian sports movement to debate issues of importance to Olympians and the important role of sport in society.

“We are delighted to be hosting the inaugural WOF and to be welcoming the IOC and the Olympic Movement back to Russia following the huge success of Sochi 2014. We are looking forward to working with the WOA to provide a platform for in depth discussion on the most important issues facing Olympians around the world.