International Update – March/April 2021


Call for nominations – deadline July 1st, 2021

With four months to go before the quadrennial 19th IAPESGW Hybrid World Congress 2021 is held in Tianjin, China, it is time to receive nominations for the long-standing and prestigious awards IAPESGW gives to honour outstanding women in the field. 

Please consider the different awards and the contributions of women you have known who might qualify.

The nomination process requires:

  • the permission of any person before nomination
  • the CV of the nominee
  • a letter of support stating how they have met the criteria and why they deserve the award.

All nominations must be emailed by July 1st to Rosa Diketmueller (Vice President, Chair of Executive Board Awards Panel) Email: and Kathy Ludwig (Secretary) Email:

CLICK HERE for list of Awards


Women’s Sport Policy Working Group (USA)

The PDF below is the recent media release from a new group in the USA that is trying to influence policy development across women’s sport and is investigating transgender athletes competing in female and male sport.  It will likely have a big impact when you see the influential sports women behind the group. IAPESGW has sent them a congratulatory and thank you email.

TAFISA Video: The Association for International Sport for All

TAFISA Announcement

The video replay of the TAFISA & ITTF Foundation Workshop on “Girls & Women Empowerment in Sport for All” is available in a website article. Please note that the Workshop replay consists in a playlist of six videos. Links to various resources introduced by the speakers are also included in the article. 

We would like to thank IAPESGW once again for joining the Workshop and contributing to its success.  Our next TAFISA Mission 2030 Workshop on the theme of “Active Cities” will be held in May. 

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World Anti-Drug Association Announcement 

WADA collaborates with international organizations to raise the visibility of social science research in sport—stakeholders interested in improving social science research regarding sport integrity are invited to respond to a short survey by 31 May. (WADA)

Call for Applications: The Celia Brackenridge International Research Award

In 2018, the Anita White Foundation (AWF) at the University of Chichester, UK, launched the Celia Brackenridge International Research Award. The Award is part of the continued legacy of Professor Brackenridge’s research and activism. Her work continues to be relevant and was regularly cited in the recent publication of Clive Sheldon QC’s independent report into child sexual abuse in football between 1970-2005 in the UK.

The aim of the Award is to recognise and promote excellence in scholarship on child welfare in sport and/or women and sport. Past winners have included Dr A.J. Rankin-Wright, Dr Anne Tjønndal and Dr Beth Clarkson.

Applications are now open for the 2021 award. Further details and an application form can be found on this dedicated website to Celia’s life and work

The closing date is 28 May 2021. 

Athlete Wellbeing 


The project Women in Basketball, by Claudia Guedes (sport historian), includes the edition of a book, e-book and documentary.

Book – Guedes, Claudia M. 2020. Mulheres a Cesta: Historia do Basquetebol Feminino no Brasil; 1892-1971. 3rd edition. MissLily.

“Women in Basketball” is a sensitive documentary that gives voice to stories of exceptional women who gave visibility to women’s basketball in the 60’s and 70’s and became largely responsible for the inclusion of  women’s basketball in the Olympic Games (1976). View now.

To choose the subtitle in English you need to click on the CC icon located on the bottom right-hand side. 

Claudia Guedes is a Brazilian woman, now an Assistant Professor of San Francisco State University, California, USA

Coaching & Leadership 

Concussion and Head Trauma 

Rugby League

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  


Artistic Gymnastics

Inclusive Sport 

  • Para sport as a driver for human rights—in recent weeks and months, you will have seen that the IPC is engaging with different UN agencies. The purpose of these partnerships is advancing our own human rights agenda. But why does the IPC even have a human rights agenda to begin with? Aren’t we a high performance sports organisation that should only focus on athletic excellence? Not really. (International Paralympic Committee)
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Now What Do We Do? [Canada]—last summer we witnessed a reaction to the social justice issues – organizations wanted to do something, and so they did the best they could, but many embarked on this work without knowing what to do, what their goals were, and how they would move forward. (INclusion INcorporated)
  • International Women’s Day: Highlighting key issues related to gender+ equity in sport [Canada]—the expertise of E-Alliance researchers spans a breadth of topics – what they all share in common is a vision of a more equitable sport and movement culture. (E-Alliance/Sport Information Resource Centre
  • Sport Values In Every Classroom: Harnessing The Power Of Sport To Teach Respect, Equity And Inclusion—in recognition of the value of sport as an educational tool, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched the “Sport Values in Every Classroom” toolkit together with five international partners. (International Olympic Committee)

International Sport Systems 


  • CEO’s Playbook—Maria Nordstrom, CEO Basketball NSW has been interviewed as part of the Australian Sports Professionals Association book, “The Leadership Playbook for Australian Sport.” (Australian Sports Professionals Association


Congratulations to Djenebou Sanogo, (Mali), who is from the COFEJES (the Conference des ministries de la jeunesse et des sports de la Francophonie) and was recognised last month by the Mali Government for her exceptional work for women in sport.  She was the personality of the day at their International Women’s Day Celebration.

Djenebou Sanogo

Olympic and Paralympic Games 

  • Bach proposes adding ‘together’ to Olympic slogan after re-elected—Thomas Bach proposed that “together” to be added into the Olympic slogan of “faster, higher, stronger” after being re-elected as the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the virtual 137th IOC Session organized from Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday. (Xinhua, China Daily)
  • “Safety First” Tokyo 2020 Games to excite and inspire the world—Tokyo 2020 President Hashimoto Seiko and CEO Muto Toshiro outlined the progress being made as preparations for this year’s Games enter the final stages. With the Olympic Torch Relay beginning on 25 March, and 18 test events taking place from April onwards, momentum is really beginning to build in Japan. (International Olympic Committee)
  • Joint statement by the IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020, TMG and the Government of Japan—with 86 days left until the opening of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and 118 days left until the opening of the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan today agreed on the following measures to ensure the safe organisation of the Games. (IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020, TMG and the Government of Japan)
  • Version 2 Of Tokyo 2020 Playbooks Released—building on February’s publication, the new Playbooks provide more specific details to participants about the countermeasures that will help ensure safe and successful Games for all those taking part and the residents of Tokyo and Japan. (International Olympic Committee)
  • ‘Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are the most critical Games in history’—the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) expressed its confidence Japan is in a strong position to deliver safe and successful Games and bring a message of hope to the world following a press briefing held on 28 April to launch the second edition of the Tokyo 2020 Playbooks. (International Paralympic Committee)
  • Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold asking IOC to change qualifying rules for pregnant women—Kitchener, Ont.’s Mandy Bujold is asking the International Olympic Committee to amend its qualifying rules to allow for time off for pregnancy to be taken into consideration. (Devin Heroux, CBC Sports)
  • Chinese Olympic Committee offer vaccines for Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 teams—the Chinese Olympic Committee has offered to make vaccine doses available to participants at the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has revealed. (Michael Pavitt, Inside the Games)
Women’s football will be a feature event at the Tokyo Olympics

Media, Broadcasting & Communication 


IAPESGW graces S.W.E.E.P. 2021 to Champion the Women-in-Sport Agenda 

In honour of International Women’s Month, the Sport Council Management of the Philippines (SportPhil) held its first international virtual conference called S.W.E.E.P. or Sport for Women’s Empowerment and Employment Program last March 24 – 26, 2021, via Attendify. SportPhil is a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote excellence in sport management, education, science, and policy. 

SportPhil also advocates sport-for-development programs. Founder Geraldine Go-Bernardo explains, “women empowerment through sports has been our advocacy since 2014. The mission of S.W.E.E.P. is to capacitate teachers, coaches, and sport professionals in the unique aspects of engaging women and girls in sport, which now includes adaptive sport.” 

With the conference theme, “More than ever, #SportsTogether,” the S.W.E.E.P. event welcomed more than 680 participants comprised of teachers, coaches, athletes, and sports enthusiasts. Representatives from international sport organizations, such as the Asian ESports Federation, iWorkinSportU.S.A. Volleyball, T.A.F.I.S.A., and WomenSport International, also showcased their respective campaigns and programs. 

I.A.P.E.S.G.W. was well represented, starting with board member Dr. Maria Luisa Guinto moderating a panel that discussed various perspectives, approaches and challenges to policy formulation in advancing the women in sport agenda. The panelists included our very own President Dr. Rosa Lopez de d’Amico, joined by Ms. Trina Boltonfrom the U.S. State Department, Dr. Wirdati Radzi from the University of Malaya, and Ms. Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski from the I.O.C. 

Their talk proved highly popular and ranked 4th among the 27 sessions during the 3-day conference. We invite you to view the session in its entirety.

Performance Recovery 

  • Sleep and the athlete: narrative review and 2021 expert consensus recommendations—this expert consensus culminates with a sleep toolbox for practitioners (eg, covering sleep education and screening) to mitigate these risk factors and optimise athlete sleep. We recommend an individualised approach that should consider the athlete’s perceived sleep needs. Research is needed into the benefits of napping and sleep extension (eg, banking sleep). (Neil P Walsh,, British Journal of Sports Medicine
Physical Activity 
  • Shaping up for a fitter future—sacrificing PE classes and sports time to focus on academic studies has long been the norm in Chinese schools. However, the rise in obesity, shortsightedness and other fitness-related problems among schoolkids in recent years has highlighted the importance of ensuring exercise forms an integral part of students’ lifestyles. (Shi Futian, China Daily
  • Picture Books Can Boost Physical Activity for Youth With Autism—a new picture book with step-by-step instructions on how to do basic exercises like jumping jacks, helps increase levels of physical activity in young people with ASD. (University of Missouri, Neuroscience News

Physical Education

Physical Literacy 

  • How to support your child with special needs to develop physical literacy—childhood is a time of exploration and discovery. It’s a time of skinned knees and bruised elbows, of sports injuries and bicycle crashes. In other words, it’s a rough-and-tumble time of life. Amid all those slips and spills, there’s great fun, and the carefree joy of childhood. (Beau Peters, Active for Life)  

ResearchImagery and physical activity: Can imagery help physical activity adherence in women?
By Dr. Karin Volkwein-Caplan and Dr. Selen Razon

  • Dr. Karin Volkwein-Caplan
    Professor of Cultural Studies
    West Chester University
    Department of Kinesiology
    222-F Sturzebecker Health Science Center
    West Chester, PA 19383 USA
  • Email:
  • Teenager Oceana Mackenzie did so literally. (Anthony Colangelo, The Age)

Sport Medicine 

Sport Participation 
  • What the Research Says—research shows: when mom coaches or participates in sport and physical activity, everybody wins! Canada’s Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC), supported by the Government of Canada, is leading a pilot media campaign this fall. Mom’s Got Game (Vas-y, Maman!) is a bilingual initiative encouraging, celebrating and supporting moms of school-aged kids to play sport and be active. (Sport Information Resource Centre)
  • Keeping Girls in Sport: Evaluating the Impact of an Online Coach Education Resource [Canada]—within the Canadian sport and physical activity sector, International Day of the Girl provides a reminder of the persisting challenges girls and young women confront to realizing the benefits of participation, and the opportunities for action. (Sport Information Resource Center)  
  • Mapping of innovative practices in the EU to promote sport outside of traditional structures [EU]—people all over the EU are moving beyond traditional sporting environments like clubs and teams. The evolution in the adoption of sport is driven by the need for flexibility and other lifestyle motivations. The study mapped 27 initiatives (one for each EU Member State) that promote sport and physical activity, capturing a range of key innovations and presenting several successful projects. (European Commission)

 Sport Science 

  • How the World’s Best Athletes Handle Brutal Heat—at the 2019 World Championships, researchers gave marathoners and racewalkers swallowable thermometer pills and used thermal cameras to assess the effectiveness of hydration and cooling techniques in the heat of competition. (Alex Hutcinson, Outside)  
  • Validity and reproducibility of VO2max testing in a respiration chamber—cardiovascular fitness is an important health parameter. It is usually measured by maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), which is considered the gold standard.1 High VO2max levels have been shown to be inversely related to cardiovascular disease and mortality (Jordi Kleinloog, Stephen van Laar,, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports)

Sport Technology 

  • Sign of the times: FIFA looks to have generated more income from video gaming than football in 2020—in what is potentially a landmark moment for sport, FIFA appears last year to have generated more revenue from video gaming than from football. The governing body’s newly-published 2020 financial statements show that $158.9 million (£114.4 million/€133.2 million) of its $266.5 million (£191.9 million/€223.3 million) in total revenue for the year came from licensing rights. (David Owen, Inside the Games

Sexuality & Gender Ethics 

Sport Integrity 

Sport Participation 

  • 5 reasons tweens and teens drop out of sports—and what to do about it [Canada]—every kid is different. It’s a lesson you learn right from the get-go as a parent or teacher. Some like apples, some hate broccoli. Some like to dig for worms, and some wouldn’t dream of getting their hands dirty. And some, while super-active as younger children, need a bit more encouragement to keep active in their tween and teen years. (Susan Scandiffio, Active for Life
Track and field

Sport Science 

Strength and Conditioning 

  • Nicolai Morris [Podcast 42:24]—Canberra’s RealFITT Strength and Conditioning coach, Ben Griffin has a chat with Nicolai Morris; a highly regarded strength and conditioning coach, from Australia. Nicolai currently works for High Performance Sport New Zealand as the lead strength and conditioning coach for the New Zealand Women’s Hockey Team. (Ben Griffin, RealFITT Strength and Conditioning)
Pole Vault

Women in Sport

  • Uniform Agreement – It’s Time To Change Sport Uniforms—a national study examines the role that uniforms play in increasing the confidence of girls and young women to participate in sport and physical activity. (Victoria University)
  • Choose to Challenge: Levelling the playing field—drawing on the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – Choose to Challenge – is exploring the strides made in the women’s game, and by women working in cricket, while also shining a light on the areas where work remains to be done. (Laura Jolly,
  • Sian Whittaker | My journey to diagnosis—every March, Endometriosis Month takes place across the world, with the aim of increasing awareness and highlighting the symptoms of this debilitating condition. (Victorian Institute of Sport)
  • Barbara Slater: “Women entering the sports industry have role models now”—the theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” Throughout March and in the run-up to Tokyo 2020, the IOC will share the journeys of inspirational women and men who are dedicated to combating gender inequality and promoting female representation in leadership roles. Here, in the first article of the series, the IOC speaks to the Olympic gymnast and current BBC Director of Sport, Barbara Slater, about the importance of women holding leadership positions and the issues of equal representation and greater visibility in women’s sport. (International Olympic Committee)
  • Women in Sport Reports, Research & Expertise—the latest three months of global women in sport industry reports and academic publications have been released. (Victoria University)
  • ‘So angry’: Volleyball club suing former captain over pregnancy—Italian volleyball club Volley Maniago Pordenone is suing its former captain, claiming Lara Lugli breached her contract by getting pregnant. (Sam Goodwin, Yahoo!Sport)
  • IBF Gender Equality and Women Leadership Forum | International Women’s Day 2021 [video; 5 hours]—to mark the occasion the International Bowling Federation have brought together some of the most influential names in the sport to discuss a range of topics, including: IOC Gender Equality Movement, ShePower Sport & Women in Sport, Women’s Sport in the Gulf, Voice of the Female Bowler, Voice of the Future, Life After Bowling, The Female Leaders of Bowling, and Female Coaches in Bowling. (International Bowling Federation, YouTube)
  • African sportswomen find creative ways to play their sports and earn an income—for a select few in women’s sport, the privilege of earning a high salary from a young age is finally becoming attainable, but for most African sportswomen a ‘day job’ is still par for the course, and an overseas move is the ticket to financial freedom. (Leonard Solms, ESPN)
  • ‘Women need to see women playing,’ Poynton—Australian coach and World Para Ice Hockey Technical Advisor on a mission to grow the female side of the sport. (
Tennis, World Number 1 Ash Barty.


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