JJ.OO. of Milan-Cortina 2026 reached 47% female participation


The sports program Milan-Cortina 2026 will include a record number of women’s events and will be editions of Winter Olympic Games most balanced in terms of gender to date, with 47% female participation, reports International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The program was approved by the IOC Executive Board in accordance with the “recommendations of the Olympic Program Commissionwho reviewed the proposals of the International Federations ”.

“Eight new events have been added to the program, with a strong focus on gender equality in terms of events and quotas for female athletes. This approach is in line with the goal of reducing the cost and complexity of the event. organizing the Games. Winter Olympics using existing venues and respecting the global quota of 2,900 athletes, “the IOC said.

“We’ve made significant progress in closing the gender gap at the Winter Olympics,” said IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement.

“We’ve gone from 40% women’s participation sochi 2014 at 47% of Milan-Cortina 2026. We are committed to further promoting gender equality, and Milan-Cortina will be another important milestone in this effort. “

The IOC Executive Committee, following the recommendation of the Olympic Program Commission, has decided to include joint alpine events of men and women on an interim basis, and they will be subject to further review.

This will allow International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) have more time to finalize their proposed competition format and gather feedback from stakeholders, including FIS Athletes Commission. The final decision on the joint alpine trial is expected to be made no later than April 2023.

Five of the seven Winter Olympic federations have submitted requests for changes to the program Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. 23 new tests were proposed and an additional quota of 359 athletes (113 males and 246 females) was requested. Finally, the IOC Executive Council agreed to include eight new trials, remove one trial and replace another. The global quota of athletes was set at exactly 2,900, eight more than the number of athletes who competed in Beijing.

The changes introduced for Milan-Cortina affect four sports:

Mountain skiing (debuting in those Games): incorporating three new trials: men’s sprint, women’s sprint and mixed relay.

Bobsleigh, along with a mixed team skeleton test.

Luge: combining the women’s doubles event and replacing the open doubles event with the men’s doubles event.

Skiing: adding three new events: men’s and women’s dual bumpy freestyle skiing and women’s long springboard ski jumping, and removing one event: mixed team alpine parallel

Source: La Verdad


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