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Olympic Games 2012: Cycling

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her policy is on the balance between the number of cycling events open to (a) men and (b) women at the London 2012 Olympics. (269294)

My hope is gender equality is established across the Olympic and Paralympic sports programme, including all cycling events. However, the decision rests with the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee in conjunction with the respective international federation, but I have asked UK Sport to work with the British Olympic Association and national governing bodies to identify and support those sports where gender imbalance exists and where changes could be achieved by London 2012.