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SBD Global/July 10, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

New Report Reveals Lack Of Women At Top Level Of Sports Industry

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A new report has revealed that "women still hold fewer than 20% of board-level positions at the top governing bodies for sport in the UK," according to Lottie O'Conor of the London GUARDIAN. The Gender Balance in Global Sport report from Women on Boards covers over 600 bodies, including 128 national Olympic committees, 54 Commonwealth Games Associations, 30 Paralympic committees for Commonwealth and Olympic sports and 34 int'l sports federations. The federations had just 15% female board representation, while the NOCs "were only marginally higher at 16.5%." Federations representing paralympic sports "performed better overall, with almost 10% more board positions occupied by women." Overall, the report demonstrates that the NOCs "have failed to meet a target" dating back to before the 2000 Sydney Olympics, which specified that a minimum of 20% of all board members must be female by '05 (GUARDIAN, 7/9).
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