The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced the composition of its Commissions for 2018. For the fourth consecutive year, FIH Executive Board members Marijke Fleuren and Tayyab Ikram will give hockey a voice in two commissions, which provide assistance to the IOC.
Fleuren, also European Hockey Federation President, has been nominated to the Women in Sport Commission. This appointment reflects FIH's passion about advancing gender equality on and off the field, an area in which hockey has been making great strides for many years. Read more .
Speaking about her appointment, Fleuren said: "I am very happy to continue my membership on this Commission. I am inspired by my colleagues who do their utmost to raise the bar for women in sport, and for all the female athletes and officials who portray leadership in a way that contributes to the best policies and solutions for hockey. My motto is that men and women have to work together to create a positive and constructive environment where everyone is equal."
Ikram, also CEO of the Asian Hockey Federation, has been appointed to the Sport and Active Society Commission. This is another area where hockey excels as a 'sport for all' - played from juniors to Masters, by families and people from all walks of life, a truly inclusive sport. A good example is this year’s hockey mass activation on the occasion of Olympic Day on 23 June. Read more .
IOC President Thomas Bach has significantly increased the number of women appointed to a commission over the last few years. Women will now occupy 30 more commission positions than last year, reflecting the IOC’s commitment to improve gender equality throughout all levels of sport. In total, 42.7 percent of the positions across the 26 IOC commissions will now be held by women – a historic high. This represents an increase of 16.8 per cent in female participation compared to 2017 and an improvement of 98 per cent since 2013.
The changes also include increases in the number of members from Africa and Oceania.
A list of all the IOC commissions can be found .
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