Road and track cycling also achieve gender parity for Paris 2024
Dec 08 2020 04:38 am CET

Road and track cycling also achieve gender parity for Paris 2024
Road and track cycling also achieve gender parity for Paris 2024
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Cycling is set to achieve complete gender parity in terms of athlete numbers for the Olympic Games of Paris 2024.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced that an equal number of female and male athletes will be participating in the Olympic Games of Paris 2024. Gender equality is one of the objectives of the UCI's Agenda 2022, which is a roadmap for the development of the sport.

A total of 514 athletes will be participating in the cycling events of the games of the French capital and this parity has been achieved thanks to the changes of the athletes quotas of all the disciplines of the sport. The parity was already achieved for the games of 2020 in mountain bike, BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle Park and for 2024, road and track cycling will also do it.

In the road cycling events, 90 athletes of each gender will compete as some of the men's quotas wwere transferred to women and the qouta of the discipline was slightly reduced. In track cycling, there were seven additional places granted for the women's team sprint, which allows the teams to increase from two to three participants.

"It gives us great satisfaction to achieve what is a key objective of our Agenda 2022," said UCI's president David Lappartient. "Gender parity at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 sends out a strong message to our athletes and society as a whole. The UCI is committed to a policy of equal representation of women and men both on the field of play and in governance.

"Following the introduction of a minimum salary for professional women riders, among other developments, this is another big step forward that does justice to our Federation and our sport and of which I am especially proud. I would like to thank the IOC for its support, at a time when International Federations must make an effort to adapt the organisation of the Olympic Games to the demands of the day."





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