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
Boxing, previously a male-only Olympic sport, has added women’s
boxing to the program for London.