Sports clinic tar­gets young girls

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As­ports clinic tar­get­ing the in­volve­ment of young girls was held at Al­bert Park, Suva, yes­ter­day.

The clinic was or­gan­ised by the Fiji As­so­ci­a­tion of Sports and Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (FASANOC) and funded by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) un­der the Olympic sol­i­dar­ity fund. Women in Sports Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Hami­dan Bibi said host­ing the clinic was a way to en­able young girls to in­volve them­selves more in sports and also a way to stay healthy.

“With this pro­gramme it gives an op­por­tu­nity to stu­dents to in­volve them­selves in the field of rugby and to be fit and healthy,” the for­mer Fiji women ten­nis cham­pion said.

“This pro­gramme is to raise aware­ness in us­ing rugby as a teaser sport for mi­nor­ity stu­dents. “There are schools in Fiji that fo­cuses more on aca­demic without the health and fit­ness of a child, so this is one of the main rea­sons why we want to host a clinic. “We have done three ses­sions in three schools (Yat Sen Sec­ondary School, Rishikul Sanatan Col­lege and Jai Narayan Col­lege) and we’re get­ting all the girls to­gether for our fi­nal day of clinic.”

Clinic of­fi­cial and for­mer in­ter­na­tional rugby star Sere­maia Bai said or­gan­is­ing the clinic is one of the ways that will en­cour­age young girls to take-up sports in the fu­ture.

“This clinic is just a mat­ter of try­ing to ed­u­cate them about the im­por­tance of sports. This clinic is to give them a healthy and a good life­style as well,” he added.

Sport is one of the most pow­er­ful plat­forms for pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity and em­pow­er­ing women and girls.

As the leader of the Olympic Move­ment, the IOC has an im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­ity to take ac­tion when it comes to gen­der equal­ity – a ba­sic hu­man right of pro­found im­por­tance and a Fun­da­men­tal Prin­ci­ple of the Olympic Char­ter. Great progress has been made in pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity in terms of bal­anc­ing the to­tal num­ber of ath­letes par­tic­i­pat­ing at the Games, of­fer­ing lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment, ad­vo­cacy and aware­ness cam­paigns, and more re­cently ap­point­ing more women to lead­er­ship roles within the ad­min­is­tra­tion and gov­er­nance.

Many Olympic move­ment stake­hold­ers have also im­ple­mented sig­nif­i­cant gen­der equal­ity ini­tia­tives so that girls and women around the world are be­ing given greater ac­cess and the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in sport. How­ever, there are still many chal­lenges to be ad­dressed.

Olympic Agenda 2020, the strate­gic roadmap for the Olympic Move­ment, reaf­firmed the com­mit­ment and pri­or­ity of gen­der bal­ance, and the IOC Gen­der Equal­ity Re­view Project with its 25 rec­om­men­da­tions launched in March 2018 is a tan­gi­ble out­come of this com­mit­ment.

With an em­pha­sis on tak­ing ac­tion, the aim of the Project is to pro­vide a so­lu­tions-based ap­proach to achiev­ing gen­der equal­ity on and off the field of play, sooner, rather than later.

Photo: Simione Har­a­vanua

Girls par­tic­i­pants prac­tice their pass­ing with a rugby ball at Al­bert Park, Suva on Oc­to­ber 13, 2018.

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