Seven new medal events at Gold Coast 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

For the first time ever in the his­tory of a ma­jor multi-sport Games, there will be an equal num­ber of medal events for men and women, as seven ad­di­tional women’s events and cat­e­gories across Weightlift­ing, Box­ing and Cy­cling are con­firmed on to the sports pro­gramme for the Gold Coast 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

The ma­jor an­nounce­ment – made by GC2018 chair­man Peter Beat­tie AC at the Com­mon­wealth Games Fed­er­a­tion’s Sports Sum­mit in front of sport­ing lead­ers from 71 na­tions and ter­ri­to­ries of the Com­mon­wealth - en­sures that the next edi­tion of the Games will have a 50/50 split of medal mo­ments for men and women; a sport­ing first in the his­tory of a ma­jor Games.

The seven events added to the pro­gramme, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of medal events at Gold Coast 2018 to a record­break­ing 275 medal events, are:

• One ad­di­tional Women’s Weightlift­ing event (+90kg)

• Three new Women’s Box­ing events (45kg – 48kg, 54 - 57kg and +75kg); and

• Three new Women’s Track Cy­cling events (Keirin, Team Sprint & Team Pur­suit).

Louise Martin CBE, Com­mon­wealth Games Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent said:

“We’ve come a long way since the first Games in 1930, when women com­peted in just seven (or 12% of) medal events. The last edi­tion of the Games in Glas­gow cre­ated the high­est-ever per­cent­age of medal events for women (48.5%), plac­ing true gen­der equal­ity in medal op­por­tu­ni­ties at the Games clearly within reach.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant step to­wards the re­al­i­sa­tion of the Com­mon­wealth Games Fed­er­a­tion’s vi­sion for gen­der equal­ity. I’m so proud that the CGF, GOLDOC, the Aus­tralian Com­mon­wealth Games As­so­ci­a­tion and our In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion col­leagues have worked to­gether to close the gen­der gap in time for Gold Coast 2018 – and present an equal num­ber of medal mo­ments for men and women for the first time ever at a ma­jor Games.”

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