following is a list of selected news from the IOC.
Women’s ski jumping event
added to 2014 Sochi Games
April 6, 2011 - For the first time in Olympic Winter Games history,
women will participate in ski jumping, beginning in Sochi, Russia
in 2014. “We are elated and relieved,” said Deedee Corradini,
Women’s Ski Jumping USA president. “Sochi, Russia can
proudly proclaim that it will be hosting the first gender-equal
Winter Games in Olympic history.” Ski jumping (and Nordic
Combined) were the only disciplines in the Winter Games that did
not allow women to participate. More...
to address gender imbalance in Track Cycling for 2012 Olympics
December 2009 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved
changes to the track cycling program for the 2012 Olympics to resolve
the gender imbalance of the current program. There will now be five
events for men and five for women. The individual pursuit competitions
for both men and women have been dropped along with the men’s
and women’s points race and the men’s Madison. Added
are the women’s team sprint, team pursuit and keirin disciplines,
plus the men’s and women’s Omnium, the newly-introduced
multi-event race. The changes in the track cycling program will
raise the number of women cyclists at the games from 35 in Beijing
to 84. Women cyclists will make up 45 per cent of the total number
of track cyclists at London 2012.
meeting on gender
November 2009 - In response to the controversy surrounding the issue
of Caster Semenya's gender identity, the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) is convening a conference this coming January to institute
guidelines for dealing with the biological variations of gender
identity. The results of that conference and recommendations for
handling individual cases will be available on this site as soon
as they are made public.
Olympic Solidarity Conferences
- reports (pdfs on IOC website)
Asian Seminar on Women and Sport, 26-29 November 2008, Kuala
American Seminar on Women and Sport, 10-13 September 2007, Miami,
African Seminar on Women and Sport, 25-28 September 2006, Cairo,
4th IOC World Conference on Women
Dead Sea, Jordan, March 8-10 2008
IOC Adopts Concensus Statement
on “SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ABUSE IN SPORT”
February 2007 - The Executive Board of the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) has adopted a Consensus Statement on “Sexual
Harassment and Abuse in Sport” . This unique document defines
the problems, identifies the risk factors and provides guidelines
for prevention and resolution. More...
April 2006 - A huge congratulations to the Turin Organising Committee
of the Olympic Games for selecting eight WOMEN to bring the Olympic
flag into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Olympic
Winter Games. It was interesting to note that these women representing
all continents, have made outstanding contributions not only in
the sporting domain but also to culture and peace.
IOC Medical Commission focus on
the health of athletes
November 2005 - Protecting the health of the athlete is the primary
goal of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission
(IOC MC). Recently two Consensus Conferences of interest to WSI
members were convened at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Statement on Transgendered Athlete
The Executive Committee of WomenSport International has been asked,
through its member on the IOC Medical Commission Medical and Scientific
Working Group, to support the Medical Commission proposed policy
on Transgendered Athlete participation. More...
III World Conference on Women
and Sport: "New Strategies, New Commitments"
March 7, 2004 - More than 600 delegates and observers from 137 countries
are participating between 7 and 9 March in Marrakech (Morocco) in
the III World Conference on Women and Sport. Story
on IOC website...
III World conference on women
and sport: recommendations
March 9, 2004
Recalling that the goal of Olympism is to place everywhere sport
at the service of the harmonious development of human beings, with
a view to encouraging the establishment of a peaceful society, ....from
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