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Commonwealth Games Federation hail increases in female technical officials for Gold Coast 2018

Basketball, hockey and swimming will boast at least 50 per cent female technical officials for the first time at next year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, it was revealed today.

The three sports are viewed as leading a drive for gender parity among officials, with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) claiming the upcoming edition of the Games will be the most gender-equal in history.

While three sports have achieved at least 50 per cent female technical officials, the CGF have announced large increases in a number of sports.

Rugby sevens boasts the largest increase after the percentage rose from five per cent at Glasgow 2014 to 33 per cent for Gold Coast 2018.

Rhythmic gymnastics have chosen 100 per cent female technical officials.

Weightlifting boasts 43 per cent, triathlon and lawn bowls both have 42 per cent, and badminton 41 per cent.

The number of men officiating in diving competitions has risen from 28 per cent to 41 per cent and netball has shown an increase from 21 to 28 per cent.

The CGF believe the increases have been part of their Gender Equality Strategy, but claim long-term partnerships are required to ensure the continued development of female technical official, particularly in smaller nations and territories.

“Across the Commonwealth Sports Movement, there is a fundamental responsibility and exciting opportunity to redress the imbalances for women and girls in sport, leadership and society as a whole,” said Louise Martin, CGF President.

“I thank and congratulate our committed partners at FIBA, FIH and FINA who are leading the way to ensure a level-playing field for women technical officials at Gold Coast 2018.

“The CGF is also thrilled that so many other sports have made such positive strides to ensure that more women than ever before preside over sports officiating and judging at the Commonwealth Games.”



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