Sounds like a good thing, right? It's actually quite a shock to discover men can enter 40 more events than women under the current Olympic rules. In the 21st century, why shouldn't women have the opportunity to get gloved for boxing and men don the noseclip for synchronised swimming? Thing is, we're having enough problems funding our established elite teams as it is and there's the small point that changes to Olympic disciplines can only be made 7 years in advance when a host city is selected anyway. And even if we could, in theory, create a Games of total equal opportunity between the sexes, would we really want to put more pressure on the venues and logistics by adding an additional 40 events to the mindbogglingly complex preparation programme at this stage? We'd rather be distracted by this lovely map than this bizarre crusade.
Jowell Champions Gender Equality In Olympic Sports
Last Updated 16 February 2009