World Athletics It will have a female vice president by the end of the year as part of its plans for gender equality in sport.
The governing body will also have 40 percent female representation in the Council.
In the Council elections to be held in August 2023, it will increase the number of women in the Council from the eight current members to at least 10 members, including at least one female vice-president.
World Head of Athletics sebastian coe “I am extremely proud that World Athletics is once again leading the way for gender equality in sport.
“It was an important part of the reforms we implemented in 2016. In today’s world, it is not enough to provide equality of opportunity, we must provide equality.
“To achieve true equality in our sport, it is important that we provide our female athletes, managers and officers with the tools and environment they need to pursue careers at all levels of athletics.
“We are firmly committed to making our sport equitable and representative for all, whether by setting quotas for women’s representation in our Assembly or by providing more flexible learning and development opportunities that are better suited to women’s commitments.
“We are delighted to be leading gender equality initiatives and setting an example for other International Federations.”
Other commitments announced as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations include increasing the number of female coaches at the World Championships to at least 20 percent by Tokyo 2025.
World Athletics will encourage member federations to send more female coaches and to provide learning paths in countries where women are underrepresented at the coaching level.
In addition, 214 member federations will implement individual protection policies until the end of 2023.
World Athletics also expanded the Ukraine Solidarity Fund, enabling dozens of Ukrainian female athletes to participate in World Athletics Series events.
Last year, through the Ukraine Solidarity Fund, he supported more than 100 Ukrainian athletes – along with their immediate family members, coaches and technical officials – to train, qualify and participate in World Championships in Athletics events.
Female athletes made up 70 percent of the athlete beneficiaries, with Anna Ryzhykova, one of them, who won the bronze medal at last year’s European Championships in the 400m hurdles.
“By participating in competitions, we do not allow the world to forget the existence of the country that is Ukraine.
“We draw attention to our achievements, give interviews, communicate with other athletes and fans so that people can learn firsthand what is going on in Ukraine.
This is how we resist Russian propaganda and do not allow the honor of Ukraine to be tarnished.
“By waving our flag in the competitions, we show the whole world that we are strong and honest, that we can fight, that we can overcome difficulties no matter what. We deserve to live and protect our nation, but now we need help and support.”