Dear Participants,

As the Director of the 2021 IOC Course on Cardiovascular Evaluation of Olympic Athletes, I am very pleased to welcome you to Istanbul, Turkey.

This is the 10th edition of the Course, and the excellent feedback from previous participants has inspired us to become even more valuable for the broad audience we have, including team physicians, sports medicine specialists and consulting cardiologists.

As for previous editions, this Course is aimed at providing you with the most up-to-date academic and practical information on the prevention of sudden cardiac death in elite athletes, and sharing methods of assessing such a risk in athletes’ lives.

This year, the scientific programme is even more appealing, thanks to the focus on the debated cardiac consequences of the Covid-19 infection and the implementation of the 2020 Guidelines on Sport Cardiology that have recently been released by the European Society of Cardiology.

Aside from our scientific discussions, we will also have the opportunity to foster networking, thanks to a social programme which – I am sure – will receive your full approval. 

I look forward to your active participation and contribution, and to seeing you all in Istanbul on 4 and 5 November 2021!

Antonio Pelliccia
Course Director