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OCA Women and Sport Committee met in Muscat
Five zones plan women and sport activities in 2011

12 Dec 2010
Muscat, Oman: The OCA Women and Sport Committee looked back on a busy year – and forward to an eventful 2011 across Asia’s five zones - during their meeting on the sidelines of the 2nd Asian Beach Games in Muscat. In welcoming the members, Chairperson Natalya Sipovich said 2010 had been an important year for the Olympic Movement in Asia in many aspects, with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou and finally the 2nd Asian Beach Games in Muscat.

“Our meeting is the perfect moment not only to look back and list all the achievements made but also to look ahead and define future policies,” she said.

“In my opinion, the Asian sports women are very active, raising awareness of the main issues related to sport and its practice, and developing plans and programmes for the benefit of women and sport in Asia.”

The meeting heard about events and activities in all five zones of the OCA: West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia.

Having secured the necessary funding, Thailand will host a follow-up seminar to an IOC Asian women and sport seminar that took place in Kuala Lumpur in November 2008. The seminar in Thailand will be held in the first quarter of 2011.

Other events proposed include an OCA management course for women in sport for either the whole of Asia or just West Asia, hosted by the Syrian Olympic Committee in April or May; a seminar in September by Kyrgyzstan NOC; Olympic Solidarity-supported year-round activities in Tajikistan; and events in Mongolia in August and Olympic Solidarity activities, projects and courses in Cambodia.

“According to the five zones, we have plans now to organise our activities from next year in several countries,” said Mrs Sipovich. “Looking at all the plans and proposals, it shows that there is a lot of interest within the NOCs and the five zones to promote the role of women in sport.

“Through these activities and management programmes, we want to create more opportunities for women to become administrators and sports leaders so they can be nominated for positions in their their NOC.”

The OCA Women and Sport Committee meeting was held on December 8.
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