IOC names, shames countries without women athletes

The IOC hopes that the three countries that have never sent

female athletes to the Olympics will have women on their teams in

the 2012 London Games.

Anita DeFrantz, head of the IOC’s women and sport commission,

listed Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as the countries without

female athletes in her report to the International Olympic

Committee general assembly.

”It’s down to just those three,” said DeFrantz, the senior IOC

member from the United States. ”We hope that those three will,

likewise, have women at 2012.”

The three countries are the only ones among the IOC’s 205 member

states still without female athletes at the games.

DeFrantz also listed 10 international sports federations –

including Sepp Blatter’s world football body FIFA – that have no

women on their top executive boards.

The federations for boxing, weightlifting, canoeing and

kayaking, handball, archery, shooting, rugby, cycling and bobsled

also lack women on their decision-making bodies.

”It’s disturbing that we have fewer women than ever serving on

executive boards of sports,” DeFrantz said.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said he agreed with the commission’s

”name and shame” strategy, but added: ”In spite of the

shortcomings in the Olympic world, I do believe we are making


DeFrantz has previously suggested that countries should be

excluded from the Olympics unless they end their male-only


Qatar sent a male-only team to the 2008 Beijing Games and Brunei

also didn’t have a woman on its teams.

Several countries that formerly excluded women – Oman, Yemen and

the United Arab Emirates, for example – sent female athletes to the

2008 Beijing Olympics.

International Boxing Federation President Ching-Kuo Wu, an IOC

member from Taiwan, said it’s a gradual process to include women at

the top level.

”We are trying to promote women’s leadership in the sport,” Wu

said. ”To build up leadership it takes time and a lot of effort. I

take the opportunity just to explain. We continue to build up our

women leadership.”

Boxing, previously a male-only Olympic sport, has added women’s

boxing to the program for London.