There is no doubt that women’s participation is key for a healthy society in general, but also for the future of sport.
The role of mothers
During the Opening Plenary Session, IOC President Jacques Rogge referred to the important role of mothers in this context: “We need the participation of women – not only because they represent half of mankind, but because they are vital in the recruitment of sport.” He added: “It is mothers who are responsible for giving the love of sport to their kids. And it is mostly mothers who are taking care to bring their kids to the sports clubs. And by allowing mothers to do sport, we definitely make sure that the next generation will love sport.”
Call to action
While participation numbers in sports activities are developing well in many parts of the world, women’s representation in positions of influence is still not satisfactory.
Published – March 2008
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