Dear Participants,

Protecting the health of the athletes is one of the major priorities for the International Olympic Committee and its Medical and Scientific Commission, which I have the privilege to chair.

As health risks are inherent to the practice of sport, we have the duty to provide effective medical advice and care for the athletes. Therefore, it is important that all stakeholders – sports organisations, health professionals, scientific researchers, coaches and athletes – consider appropriate safety measures.

As I am myself from the medical profession, I know how important it is to be aware of the latest research and medical practices and to be able to use them to serve the athletes in the best way possible.

Reviewing the latest developments and sharing this knowledge will be the main focus of the 2021 edition of the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, which had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be held in Monaco just a few months before the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

I would like to thank the organisers, and in particular my IOC colleague and friend, HSH Prince Albert II, for staging this Conference once again.

More than ever, we have to join our efforts to ensure the best possible care for all the athletes and to guarantee safe participation in sport.

Looking forward to seeing you in Monaco in November.

Prof. Dr Uğur Erdener
Chair, IOC Medical and Scientific Commission