IOC slowly recognises netball Appoints INF president in IOC Active Society Commission

There is a strong campaign to have netball be incorporated as one of the disciplines played at the Olympic Games and as a gesture 8f goodwill the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has appointed International Netball Federation president, The Hon Molly Rhone OJ, CD, to be a member of the IOC Active Society Commission.

Rhone: This is a great step

 According to INF’s World Netball News website, the appointment was done by IOC President, Thomas Bach.
The Sport and Active Society Commission (formerly known as the Sport for All Commission) advises the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC President on all the activities of the Olympic Movement that are related to using sport to improve physical activity in the population, giving access to sport as a right for all, and on engaging in sports activities with a special focus on youth.
According to www.olympic.org, this appointment follows the IOC’s announcement of the composition of the IOC commissions for 2017, which now include 38 percent women, representing a significant increase of 70 percent in female participation since September 2013.
“This year, 29 more positions are held by women across the 26 IOC commissions than in 2016, and female members are present on each of them,” says www.olympic.org.
 In her response Molly Rhone told www.olympic.org: “I applaud the IOC for recognising the merits and championing the skills of female leaders in sports administration. This is a great step in the right direction and a real boost for women everywhere who have
 so much to contribute to sport at the highest level.
“I am also delighted that more opportunities are being given to young leaders.  It is of utmost importance that today’s talented youth are empowered to be a voice for generations who will be shaping the future of sport globally,” she said.
The Sport and Active Society Commission (formerly the Sport for All Commission) advises the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC President on all the activities of the Olympic Movement that are related to using sport to improve physical activity in the population, giving access to sport as a right for all, and on engaging in sports activities with a special focus on youth.
The clamour to include netball, played mostly by countries in the Commonwealth, as an Olympic sport started some few years ago.
The top netball countries are New Zealand, Australia, England, Jamaica, Malawi, South Africa, Wales, Scotland, Fiji and mostly play at the Commonwealth Games, The World Netball Championship and in invitational test series.
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