For the IOC, the participation of women in sports activities, the Olympic Games and sports administration structures is a major preoccupation.
Indeed, it is committed to gender equality. It is written in the Olympic Charter that the role of the IOC is “to encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels and in all structures with a view to implementing the principle of equality of men and women” (Olympic Charter, Chapter 1, Rule 2.8).
For this, a women and sport working group was set up in December 1995, and became, in March 2004, a fully-fledged Commission. It advises the IOC Executive Board on the policy to implement in terms of promoting women in sport.