A coalition of women rights groups has launched a campaign calling on international sports bodies to boycott countries with sexual segregation in sports in order to secure sport as a ‘fundamental right’.
Women make up less than one fourth of IOC members and female representation is even lower in the international federations says a new report that grades sports organisations according to percentage of women in leadership positions.
David Rowe, professor from the Western Sydney University, looks into why it is so difficult to tackle “epidemic” sexism within sport, why sport is historically a male-dominated sphere and what can be done to counter it.
An international volleyball tournament in the Iranian capital has thrown into sharp relief a debate in international sporting associations on how to deal with nations that restrict women’s rights as athletes and/or spectators.
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has warned Iran that it would be stripped of its right to host the 2015 Under-19 men’s world volleyball championship if it bans women from attending matches.
Indian athlete Dutee Chand was barred from competing in the women’s competitions at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games (CWG) this summer due to a test showing high levels of testosterone in her body. The ban has led to critique of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) policy on female athletes with hyperandrogenism.