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Azadeh Pirakouh (right), a journalist from Iran, is in Oman to attend the media seminar on Women and Sport for Asia.
Oman NOC hosts women and sport media seminar

25 Apr 2012
Muscat, Oman: A two-day media seminar on Women and Sport for Asia opened on Wednesday morning at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort at Muscat. The seminar is a joint initiative between the Olympic Council of Asia and International Olympic Committee and is being hosted by the Oman Olympic Committee.

Welcoming representatives from the OCA’s 45 National Olympic Committees on behalf of the OCA, Mr. Haider Farman said the progress made by the OCA’s Women and Sport Committee, under the leadership of Natalya Sipovich, had been clear in recent years.

“The OCA will continue to encourage and support the active participation of women in all aspects of sport,” he told the meeting. “The role of women in sport in Asia has developed to a very high level at an administrative and technical level, and we always encourage women to take part in our Asian Games and other events and activities.

“The OCA’s Women and Sport Committee is organising more and more seminars and events, and their hard work in this movement was appreciated and recognised personally by the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, during the World Conference on Women and Sport in Los Angeles earlier this year.”

Mr. Farman, Director of the OCA’s Asian Games department, said Asia had the perfect role model in Dr. Rita Subowo, President of the Indonesian Olympic Committee, OCA Executive Board member and IOC member.

“Madam Rita plays a big part in the Olympic movement and has brought about such positive changes in the Indonesian Olympic Committee and also in her role as Chair of the OCA’s International Relations Committee and through the Executive Board. “I would like to assure you all of the support of the OCA in your initiatives and ideas.”

Mr. Hilal Ali Al Sinani, Secretary General of the Oman Olympic Committee, stressed that no other issue was as important for the Olympic movement as the role of women in sport. He urged the participants to contribute to the seminar as much as possible to ensure a successful event.

On behalf of the IOC, IOC member and Oman Olympic Committee Chairman Habib Macki said the media seminar could only contribute to the advancement of the women in sport movement. “It will strengthen the role of women and lead to excellence and innovation. Thank you for the initiative in organising this seminar,” said Mr. Macki.

Participants include Tracey Holmes, a sports presenter for CCTV in Beijing, Low Beng Choo from the Olympic Council of Malaysia and Wendy Hon Yuk Ha, from the International Sports Press Association AIPS.
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