ISSUE: Eighty-nine years after Canoe/Kayak’s introduction to the Summer Olympics, women are still banned from competing in Olympic Canoe events. Now is the time to mobilize the power of those who believe in gender equality. The International Canoe Federation (ICF) must now petition the International Olympic Committee (IOC), before they decide which events will be on the 2016 Program.
STATUS: Women from around the world are ready to provide high quality, exciting competition for Rio in 2016 but the ICF is either unwilling or unable to confront the issue of adding women’s sprint and slalom events to the Olympics. Men currently compete in 5 Olympic Canoe events.
SOLUTION: Women canoeists want men and women to each have five events at the 2016 Olympics. By including women’s canoe - both sprint and slalom - in Rio 2016, the ICF and the IOC will show the world that the Olympic Charter’s words “implementing the principle of equality of men and women” is not an empty statement and that they are taking an active role in achieving the goal of gender balance. It would have far-reaching benefits for developing not only women and girls in the sport of Canoe, but will demonstrate the encouragement of girls and women in all sports.
Sign the petition and tell the ICF and the IOC that we expect them to live by the credo in the Olympic Charter: "the practice of sport is a human right".
GOAL: 5,000 signatures to send a clear message to the International Canoe Federation that we expect them to respect the principle of equal opportunity in sport and petition the IOC for the five women’s canoe events in 2016.
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