The Ethics Of The Olympic Charter

2573 Words Dec 5th, 2014 11 Pages
The Olympic Charter reads: “Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole, the qualities of body, will and mind” ("Olympic movement medical," 2009). The execution of this moral statement can be exalted through the provided medical services and personnel that deliver such services during the Olympic Games. The Medical Commission, as an ordinance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), aims to provide legislature to protect the health and well-being of each Olympic athlete (“The Medical Commission”, 2014). Its mission began in 1967, and since its inception, the intentions of the medical commission were to protect the health of all athletes (“The Medical Commission”, 2014). 47 years later, the medical commission continues to be upheld, as the Games have perpetuated. The Olympic Games are unique, as they elicit participation from the best of athletes worldwide. However, the intensity of the Games can pose several medical risks. Meanwhile many athletes, spectators and staff members, are outside of their habitat when present at the Games, are also vulnerable to injury or other health risks. Additionally, collectively, attendants and participants have the potential to be exposed to natural disasters and emergent situations that may require immediate medical attention during the Games. With those potential situations in mind, this paper will focus on the healthcare personnel that will be present at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the availability…
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