Press releases 30th March 2016

IOC Commissions: 60 per cent increase in women members

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today 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 Olympic Agenda 2020, 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 Bach said: “For the first time we are beyond 33 per cent women in the IOC Commissions. 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 can be found here.

In February, President Bach announced the composition of the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, and the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Tripartite Working Group. More information can be found here. 

The IOC Ethics Commission was elected by the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on 1 August 2015. The composition of the Coordination, Evaluation, Athletes’ and Ethics Commissions remains unchanged. 

The review of the scope and composition of the IOC Commissions was one of the 40 recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, which was approved by the 127th IOC Session in December 2014 in Monaco.  

• This media release was originally published by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 30 March 2016. To access the original, please click here.

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