The ISU has adopted the IOC Athletes' Rights and Responsibilities Declaration ©Getty Images

The International Skating Union (ISU) has adopted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes' Rights and Responsibilities Declaration.

A decision to adopt the document was taken by the ISU Council at its latest meeting.

The IOC Athletes' Rights and Responsibilities Declaration was developed by athletes for athletes through a worldwide consultation process led by the 19-member Athlete Representative Steering Committee.

Dutch speed skater Douwe de Vries was among the Steering Committee members.

The document is inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and aligns itself with other recognised human rights standards, principles and treaties.

It outlines 12 athlete rights and 10 athlete responsibilities.

The IOC Athletes' Rights and Responsibilities Declaration aims to protect the welfare of athletes ©Getty Images
The IOC Athletes' Rights and Responsibilities Declaration aims to protect the welfare of athletes ©Getty Images

Members of the Olympic Movement, particularly the IOC, International Federations and the National Olympic Committees, have been encouraged to promote awareness of and respect for these rights and responsibilities. 

Freedom of expression, the right to generate income in relation to a sporting career, non-discrimination and the right to report unethical behaviour without fear of retaliation are among the rights championed in the document.

The declaration was developed to benefit athletes globally, promoting clean sport, good governance and integrity.

It was adopted by the IOC at its Session in October 2018.

Last month, a petition was launched requesting the ISU to strengthen their COVID-19 safety protocol for the World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm.

At the Championships, three people tested positive for COVID-19 and another who attended the competition tested positive for it less than two weeks after his time in Stockholm.

Parts of the figure skating community have criticised the ISU's implementation of the Declaration, suggesting a lack of transparency of judging.

This comes after Italian judge Walter Toigo, who served a two-year ban for breaking the Code of Ethics for peeking at other judges' scores, was once again judging scores at the World Team Trophy in Osaka.

insidethegames has contacted the ISU over how they intend to implement the Declaration.