SPORTS

Sports Clinic Targets Young Girls

A sports 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
14 Oct 2018 12:10
Sports Clinic Targets Young Girls
Girls participants practice their passing with a rugby ball at Albert Park, Suva on October 13, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

A sports 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.

JUST A GLANCE

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.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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