In April 2017, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the composition of the IOC commissions for the next four years, marked by an increase of 70 per cent in female participation since September 2013. the commissions also reflect a broader geographical representation and include a number of new faces from a new generation who will be the leaders of tomorrow.
Among the nominated persons is Moldova National Karate Federation’s Secretary General AnaMaria STRATU – the youngest member of Women in Sport commission.
Distinguished personalities in the world of sports part of the same commission are: Anita DEFRANTZ (USA) - the first woman appointed as a member of the IOC Executive Bureau (1992-2001, 2013-) and the first woman in the role of IOC Vice-President (1997-2001); Phumzile MLAMBO-NGCUKA - UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director UN Women; Morinari WATANABE (JPN) - President of the International Gymnastics Federation; Marisol CASADO - President of the International Triathlon Union; Nawal EL MOUTAWAKEL (MAR) - the first woman representing an Islamic nation to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. The chairwoman of the Women in Sport commission was named Lydia NSEKERA (BDI), and as Vice-president - the prince of Jordan Feisal AL HUSSEIN.
President Bach has significantly increased the number of women appointed to a commission since his election, with 38 per cent of places now taken by women – a historic high.
“The diversity of members guarantees interesting and more inclusive discussions and reflects the Olympic Movement’s commitment to universality,” said IOC President Bach.
The role of the Women in Sport Commission is to advise the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC President on the development and implementation of the IOC women and sport policy and to promote equal opportunities for girls and women to participate in, and benefit from sport and physical activity.
Foto: IOC, Laura Godenzi. Young Ambassadors Summit. Lausanne, November 2016.