Perelman Pioneer & Company
Written by Rich Perelman
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18, 2012 – The fifth International Olympic Committee World Conference on Women and Sport concluded today at the elegant J.W. Marriott Hotel at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on an upbeat note after three days of ceremonies and discussions. Beyond the summary press release, the program reached two key conclusions:
(1) That women have essentially – but not completely – reached equality on the field of play at the Olympic Games, and
(2) That the focus for the future must be on electing more women to the governing bodies of sport at the national and international level.
Key Points Stated in Review of which was omitted from the IOC’s final official public conference declaration. As well, noted by delegates attending, (some Tweeted) they were surprisingly NOT advised or asked for their input.
As Perlman further writes;
On the issue of including more women on commissions and executive boards of national sports federations, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations, the progress has been much slower. A survey by Loughborough University (Great Britain) – commissioned by the I.O.C. – showed that among 110 respondent National Olympic Committees:
• An average of 26.2% of the NOC Executive Committees in Oceanian countries were women (meeting the I.O.C.’s 20% goal for 2005);
• An average of 20.5% of the NOC Executive Committees in the Americas were women (meeting the I.O.C.’s 2005 goals);
• An average of 14.1% of the NOC Executive Committees in Europe were women (below the I.O.C.’s target);
• An average of 12.6% of the NOC Executive Committees in Asia (including the Middle East), were women (below the I.O.C.’s target).
• The International Sports Federations weren’t much better, with female participation on Executive Committees totaling just 12.4% for the Winter Olympic federations, 16.6% for the Summer Olympic federations and an I.O.C.- compliant 22.6% for federations of non-Olympic sports.
Published February 21st, 2012