Athletes’ rights and safeguarding

Child athletes are particularly vulnerable to violence and abuse, and there are some risks to children which are unique to sport, in particular the increased risks for elite young athletes, such as exploitation, abuse (including sexual), over-training and doping. Sport needs to be delivered in a safe and supportive environment for children.  A closer look in this perspective should be taken at Youth or under- 18 Mega Sporting Events, given their increased number over the last decades.