12 July 2012

London 2012: An Historic Step Towards Gender Equality

The International Olympic Committee has long been an advocate of gender equality in sport, and has used its influence internationally with the support of the National Olympic Committees to push for greater participation of Women in Sport.

London 2012 will be a historic landmark for the IOC with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei Darussalam all sending female athletes to take part in the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games have seen female participation rise from 1.8 per cent at London 1908 to 9.5 per cent at London 1948 and more than 42 percent at Beijing 2008

This Video News Release (VNR) includes footage and interviews with the following athletes:

Saudi Arabia Sarah Attar,competing in athletics
Qatar Bahiya Al Hamda, competing in shooting
Qatar Nada Arkaji, competing in swimming
Brunei Darussalam Maziah Mahusin, competing in athletics

In addition the VNR contains statements by the IOC President Jacques Rogge in English and French.

Also there is archive material of some of the pathfinders of Women’s sport: Fanny Blankers – Koen (Netherlands), Wilma Rudolf (USA),
Nadia Comaneci (Romania), Nawal El Moutawakel (Morocco), Hassiba Boulmerka (Algeria), Ghada Shouaa (Syria) and Cathy Freeman (Autralia).

Finally, you will find footage of 4 female athletes who competed in the very first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, in 2010: Dalma Malhas (Saudi Arabia), Bahia Al Hamda and Shaden Wohdan (Qatar) and Maziah Mahusin from (Brunei Darussalam).