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More women, African members in IOC Commissions

IOC Commissions sees 60 per cent increase in women, African members in less than three years – another step in the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.

Tunisian Meriem Cherni Mizouni wins the 2014 IOC Women and Sport World Trophy ' Photo credit: IOC Media / Flickr
Tunisian Meriem Cherni Mizouni wins the 2014 IOC Women and Sport World Trophy ' Photo credit: IOC Media / Flickr

Women now make up over one-third of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Commission members – another step in the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms

IOC President on Wednesday announced additional changes to the IOC Commissions for 2016 that include female representation of more than 33 per cent, a historic high.

The milestone is a direct result of the reforms in , the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, which was approved in December 2014.

There is also further growth in the numbers of members from Africa and Oceania as well as the different stakeholders of the Olympic Movement.

In total there are 449 Commission Members in 2016, up from 430 in 2015, of whom 150 are now women.

President Thomas Bach said: “For the first time we are beyond 33 per cent women in the .

“In less than three years we have increased women’s representation on the IOC’s Commissions by 60 per cent.”

The new make-up of the Commissions reflects the philosophy initiated by Olympic Agenda 2020 to strengthen the unity in diversity of the Olympic Movement and to encourage more inclusive decision-making.”

A list of all the Commissions and members can be found below:

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IOC Commission members compositions 2016

Yomog Meje is a former Nigerian junior athlete and the Associate editor at Athletics Africa.

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