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Gambia IOC Member Calls for More Elected-Women Into National Sports Bodies

The Gambia’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, Miss Beatrice Allen, has revealed that the most sustainable way of getting women into sporting structures is to be elected into National Federations’ executives, and from there, get into the National Olympic Committees (NOC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

She said the IOC quota system has been very effective in getting women into sport, and since then they have seen women being co-opted into executive positions but the missing link in this endeavour is the inclusion of the National Federations, who must be engaged by the National Olympic Committees, to see more women elected into executive positions of national sports associations/federations.

Ms Allen, who doubles as chairperson of Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Women in Sports Commission, made these remarks on 18 January 2016 in Algiers, Algeria, in her keynote address at the opening of a two-day African Women in Sports forum organised by ANOCA.

Ms Allen, who is also the 1st vice president of GNOC, said one of the missions of the IOC, is “to encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels and in all structures with a view to implementing the principle of equality of men and women”.

This, she said, is based on one of the fundamental principles of Olympism, which states: “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”[…]

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