Beatrice, a Gambian whose mandate as an IOC member was two months ago extended to another eight years, will now also serve in the IOC Culture and Olympic Education Commission, Women in Sports Commission and Coordination commission of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad –Rio de Janeiro2016. The move is part of the IOCs plan to increase female members (23 per cent) and to ensure a much broader geographical representation in IOC commissions.
The new make-up of the commissions, which provide assistance to the IOC and Olympic Games Organising Committees, reflects the Olympic Movement’s commitment to universality. There will now be two more commissions chaired by women and 22 more positions held by women in 2014 than in 2013 (female representation from Africa increased by 50 per cent), and a significant overall increase in the representation of members from Africa and Oceania.]]>