Lausanne, Switzerland’s Olympic capital, was this week the center of sports governance, with meetings taking place for all IOC commissions. In addition to the IOC meetings, SportAccord gathered all International Federations with the goal of working together to ensure that the state of governance within sports institutions can be readily assessed publicly and monitored on an ongoing basis.

The busy week for ITU started on Tuesday, with ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado attending the annual meeting of the IOC Women in Sports Commission.

IOC President, Thomas Bach, was present during the session, and remarked how impressed he was by the inspiring women on the Commission, which is fully committed to achieving gender balance in the Olympic family. 

Casado, as the only female International Federation President of a summer sport on the Olympic programme, took the floor to ask the IOC President for help in implementing gender equality as a good governance issue within the Olympic family. The Commission supported Casado’s position, and Bach agreed to address the issue as a priority at the IF Forum, which was also taking place throughout the week in Lausanne.

“We have come a long way in increasing opportunities for female athletes,” Casado said. “We still have work to do there, but we also need to look at creating opportunities for women in sports leadership, coaching and technical official capacities. There is still a severe lack of representation from women in these areas.”

Fostering gender equality and strengthening women’s participation in, and through, sport is one of the key missions of the International Olympic Committee. With the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, the IOC reaffirmed its commitment to work with International Federations and National Olympic Committees, as well as various regional, national and international platforms, to increase the possibilities for girls and women in sport and to achieve the goal of female athletes representing 50 per cent of the athletes taking part in the Olympic Games.

The members of the IOC Women and Sport Commission are particularly active in raising awareness about gender equality in their respective domains of sports expertise throughout the year. Among other important advocacy initiatives are the IOC Women and Sport Awards, which this year was given to the New Zealand Olympic Committee; the Afro-Asian Women…

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