Athletes will be able to enjoy family time within the Olympic Village for the first time ever in this year's Olympics. GETTY IMAGES

Olympic and Paralympic Games athletes will have access to a specially-designated nursery facility in the Olympic Village this summer, the governing body announced on its website.

Drawing on its Worldwide Olympic Partner Procter & Gamble partnership, the IOC and IOC Athletes’ Commission will be providing a comfortable and convenient environment for athlete parents to spend time with their babies and young children during the Games. P&G’s baby and toddler-centred brand Pampers® will offer access to high quality nappies and wipes and a space for playtime and family bonding.

The nursery, the first in the history of the Games, will be located in the non-residential area of the Olympic Village Plaza, and open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

"The introduction of the Olympic Village nursery, a first in the Games’ history, highlights our dedication to inclusivity and athlete well-being, ensuring that athlete parents have the necessary support to compete at their best. P&G’s efforts not only enhance the Games-time experience but also align with the IOC’s mission to promote a more inclusive and supportive environment for all participants." Anne-Sophie Voumard, Managing Director of IOC Television & Marketing Services, said in the official release. 

Former Ice Hockey player and IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Emma Terho knows just how important this historic initiative is.

"Many athletes are balancing their sporting careers and family. I know how this feels as I competed at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games as a mother with a young child," Terho commented.

"Pregnancy and motherhood don’t have to mean a career end for female athletes. I am very grateful for the strong support of P&G from the first day our Commission put forward the suggestion. It is very helpful for both parents and infants to be able to spend time together, especially at such an important moment in an athlete’s sporting life. This nursery allows that to happen, while also giving athletes the opportunity to focus on the Games."

Five-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Laura Kenny, whose son was just three when she competed at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, says the Village nursery will provide athlete parents with a valuable resource during the Games.

"For athletes who are also juggling their role as parents, connecting with their babies in an accessible space like the nursery supported by Pampers® will be an amazing resource, providing valuable support to Olympic and Paralympic athletes during Games time." she said. 

In addition to the nursery, P&G will support a range of services across the Olympic Village, including the beauty and grooming salon, laundry rooms and a dental clinic. The company will also provide complimentary period protection products in the bathrooms throughout the Village, plus a Welcome Kit for all athletes featuring several P&G brands.