POSTED: January 5th 2016
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LA 2024: 2016 will be a year for women leaders in sport

IOC Executive Board Member and Former President of the LA84 Foundation Anita DeFrantz /
IOC Executive Board Member and Former President of the LA84 Foundation Anita DeFrantz /

LA 2024 Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans / LA 2024
LA 2024 Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans / LA 2024

IOC Member and Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission Angela Ruggiero / Getty
IOC Member and Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission Angela Ruggiero / Getty

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) 2016 has been heralded as "a year for women leaders in sport," by three prominent Olympians and leading women of the Candidature Commission for LA 2024. LA 2024 Director of Athlete Relations, Janet Evans and US International Olympic Committee (IOC) Members, Angela Ruggiero and Anita DeFrantz all stressed how important it is to recognize and encourage leading roles for women across the Olympic Movement in 2016 and for years to come.

Evans, Ruggiero, and DeFrantz all play a critical role in bringing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to LA. Together, they have 10 Olympic medals and bring a wealth of expertise to LA 2024's candidature, with over 50 years of cumulative experience at the highest level of sports administration.

Last year, many leading female athletes in Olympic sports achieved outstanding success. Such athletes as Genzebe Dibaba (ETH), Jessica Ennis-Hill (GBR), and Serena Williams and Katie Ledecky (both USA). Following these successes, LA 2024 believes that even better opportunities and successes for women in sport will be achievable in the Olympic and Paralympic year of 2016.

"2015 was a very successful year for women in sport. We have seen many extraordinary achievements on and off the field of play, and that is set to continue in this Olympic and Paralympic year. There is also a rise in the number of prominent women administrators in sport but, as Olympic Agenda 2020 highlights, there is still more that can be done in this regard," expressed IOC Executive Board Member and Honorary Member of the IOC Women in Sport Commission, Anita DeFrantz.

She added, "As President of the LA84 Foundation, I worked to ensure that one of the legacies from LA's Games in 1984 was to ensure greater gender equality in sport throughout the USA. And I'm sure that at Rio 2016 we will see the Olympic Movement take a step closer to its goal of achieving 50% participation of women in the Olympic Games."

IOC Member and Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission, Angela Ruggiero stated, "As a proud member of the IOC Athletes' Commission, I know how important it is for current and retired athletes, and Olympians and Paralympians in particular, to serve as role models to inspire more females to participate and lead in sport. The Olympic and Paralympic Games have an unrivaled power to help achieve this, and so I really look forward to Rio 2016."

"LA 2024 is strongly committed to advancing the IOC's goal of fostering gender equality and strengthening women's participation in, and through, sport.  Most recently, I was thrilled to welcome Olympian Tamara Christopherson to the team as LA 2024's Associate Director of Athlete Relations. Tamara's experience and knowledge is emblematic of the huge pool of talented current and retired athletes that train and reside in California and the U.S. We will be looking to harness all of that talent as we build LA 2024's Athletes' Commission," commented LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations, Janet Evans.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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