Panam Sports has provided each of the 41 National Olympic Committees of the Americas including Bermuda a fund of $5,000 toward projects for the promotion of women "but it is still not being used by all".
Speaking to Branwen Smith-King the Bermuda Olympic Association’s (BOA) Secretary General told www.islandstats.com, “The BOA used these funds to produce the NSGB vignettes on Women Athletes last month. This was to celebrate the top Female Athletes from each sport that was well done and put together by Women In Sports Committee led by chair Donna Raynor.
Each year as you know Women In Sports engages in a project to promote Girls and Women in Sport.”
Nicole Hoevertsz, a member of the Executive Board of both Panam Sports and the IOC, made the comments on Thursday during the first International Seminar on Sports Administration virtually organized by the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO).
“We are very sorry that so far the NOCs have not taken advantage of it enough,” said Hoevertsz.
"From here, a call to make use of this possibility," said the sports leader from Aruba during the videoconference that some 2,000 participants from 50 countries registered to attend.
Hoevertsz, who joined the IOC in 2006, was an Olympic competitor in Los Angeles 84 in synchronized swimming. In her presentation, Gender Equality in the Olympic Movement, the Aruban leader considered that "progress has been made but very slowly" and called for greater recognition of women, including former athletes.
In this sense, the IOC sent an important signal by selecting last month as a member of the IOC the first Olympic champion of Latin America, the Cuban María Caridad Colón, 62 years old.
Colon won gold in javelin in Moscow 80
At the moment, the 104 members of the IOC include 39 women.
Only 18 of the 206 NOCs have women who serve as presidents. In the Americas, women lead six of the 41 NOCs, with another nine serving as general secretaries.