I am thrilled that the principality will host once again the “IOC World Conference on Prevention of injury and Illness in Sport” from 16 to 18 March 2017. My sincere thanks to the organizers who have taken the decision to come back to Monaco after the 2011 and 2014 editions.
Injury and illness represents for any athlete periods of doubt and decline during which he cannot achieve his ultimate goal of performing and enhancing his performance. The protection and preservation of their physical integrity are priorities for the Olympic Movement and all National Olympic Committees.
I would like to include new challenges linked to environmental issues such as harmful air quality, water pollution, the prevalence of the athletes whether at a competition level or for the practice of leisure sport. As Chair of the Sustainability and Legacy Commission, I can affirm that the International Olympic Committee is engaged proactively on multiple fronts to address these problems.
The works of this Conference has proved its efficiency in defining new clinical protocols and providing an invaluable platform of information dedicated to the athlete’s wellness.
The program of the upcoming edition and the quality of the speakers are in line with the high expectations that can be anticipated from a gathering of such eminent professionals.
I would like to wish all the participants a highly engaging and successful Conference.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco