Seven new events added to Beijing Olympics by IOC to boost women participation


Reuters – Seven new events have been added to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics programme, which paves the way for the highest representation of female athletes at the event, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday (July 18).

IOC’s executive board approved women’s monobob, freestyle ski big air (men and women), short track mixed relay, a ski jumping mixed team event, mixed gender team aerials and a snowboard cross mixed team event.

With this decision, the Beijing games will see an increase in female representation from 41 percent in Pyeongchang to 45.44 percent, the IOC said. A total of 46 women’s events will see 1,314 women athletes competing.

The overall number of athletes was trimmed by 41 to 2,892, which is within the Olympic Charter framework, the IOC added.