The Tokyo Olympics is set to be the first gender-balanced games in world history! With around 48.8% women competing across 300 events – will this change the course of the Olympics?
We’re banking the 2021 Tokyo Olympics as a huge win for all women around the globe!
For the first time in history, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have declared the Olympics to have reached a “gender-equality milestone” in terms of how many events women can now take part in, compared to previously ‘only men.’
Nigara Shaheen, Judo, Afghanistan
“Tokyo 2020 is predicted to be the most gender equal yet with female participation,” the IOC have stated!
The games have come a long way since just 22 women competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris and the first modern Athens games in 1986, where women were completely banned from participating.
Saraswati Choudary, Sprinter, Nepal
The new opportunities come in several sports and several sizes: Great Britain, for example, is sending more women than men to the Olympics for the first time.
The statistics speak for themselves!
United States: Women 329/Men 284
China: Women 298/Men 133
Canada: Women 225/Men 145
United Kingdom Women 201/Men 175
Russia: Women 183/146
India: Women 56/71
Mahoor Shahzad Mahoor Shahzad, a 24-year-old badminton player set to represent Pakistan at the Tokyo Olympics, is determined to make it big. She stated, “The major challenge that I faced [in badminton] was not being able to access many facilities as there are limited public courts and coaches in Karachi,”
“I was lucky to have my family’s support, unlike most women,”