“There is no excuse for perpetuating the blatant sexism that persists at the Games.Not only do women compete in only 21 sports while men take part in 27, but the program of events in most sports has fewer events for women. At the Olympics women do kayaking, but for inexplicable reasons, they don’t canoe. Male paddlers do both.”
~ Abby Hoffman, four time Olympian, sports administrator, athlete/women’s rights activist (as quoted in the Ottawa Citizen, in reference to the 1996 Olympic Games).
The fight for the inclusion of women’s canoe in the 2016 Olympic Games continues. 2013 is the final opportunity for international federations to add events to Rio 2016. The International Canoe Federation must make this recommendation to the IOC within the next few months.
Women canoeists are ready!
Elaine Keene takes an in-depth look at the plight of Olympic Canoeing and why it still remains closed to women.
The IOC Executive Board meets again at the end of May and will have its final meeting in September to add events to the 2016 Olympic program.