Sports clinic targets young girls
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.
Girls participants practice their passing with a rugby ball at Albert Park, Suva on October 13, 2018.