Zagreb, 18 July 2008 – After working intensely at improving the status of women in sports for a year, the Women in Sport Commission of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) presented the results of their work, also recognized by the IOC, at a press conference held on 18 July 2008.

A seminar titled Woman Athlete: From Results to a Career in Sport was held in December last year. Women representatives of about 50 national and county sports associations participated in it and discussed about the number of women in executive and managerial positions in sport and about a possibility of athletes to stay in sport after the end of their career as athletes. A collection of papers presented there was published after the seminar. hese papers refer to extensive research, which points to the fact that women are under-represented in executive and managerial positions and the small number of women athletes, who do stay in sport after they finish their career as an athlete, work only as referees.

As Morana Palikovic Gruden, Chairman of the Commission and Member of the COC Council, said, the IOC issued recommendations for joint action in including women equally at all levels of sport. It is recommended to include more women in the organization and staging of major sporting events, to include both men and women in executive and management bodies of national and county sports associations, to include more women in expert work in sport, especially coaching women athletes, and to pay attention to the treatment and amount of women’s sports in the media. Ratko Cvetnic, Commission Member and Gordana Borko, Commission Secretary, also participated in the press conference.