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Female and youth membership in IOC commissions reaches all-time high
May 17,2019   By:Xinhua
PARIS, May 17, 2019 -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has seen further growth in female membership and a significant increase in Young Change-Makers' participation as it announced the composition of its commissions for 2019 on Wednesday.
As the IOC continues its efforts towards gender equality, 45.4 percent of the positions across its 27 commissions are now occupied by women. As a result of Olympic Agenda 2020, female participation in the IOC commissions has more than doubled since 2013, and three more IOC commissions are now chaired by women.
"Gender equality, both on and off the field of play, is one of the key focus areas of Olympic Agenda 2020," said the IOC President Thomas Bach.
"With the number of female athletes participating at the Olympic Games, we are practically there for Tokyo 2020. Off the field of play, we will continue our efforts, but we are very proud of having reached such strong female and youth participation in a very short time," he added.
Youth representation in its commissions has been another priority for the IOC. The positions held by Young Change-Makers across the IOC commissions have increased from seven in 2018 to 16 in 2019.
"It is crucial to give a voice to young people if we want to stay relevant.
"Last October, over 100 Young Change-Makers took part in the Olympism in Action Forum and brought a youthful perspective on how to make a better world through sport. Their level of commitment in their respective communities across the world is an inspiration for all of us. By empowering tomorrow's leaders, we give them the opportunity to shape their future," Bach pointed out.
New chairs have been appointed for the six IOC commissions: the Olympic Channel, Olympic Education, Sport and Active Society, Marketing, Olympic Solidarity and Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport.
The IOC has also announced that its Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 will be chaired by Nicole Hoevertsz, a member of the IOC Executive Board and former synchronized swimmer who competed at the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984.
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