‘Our sport’ : the fight for control of women’s international athletics / Jörg Krieger, Michele Krech, Lindsay Parks Pieper

Krieger, Jörg | Krech, Michele | Pieper, Lindsay

The International Olympic Committee and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) initially ignored women’s sports. The efforts of female leaders and organizations, particularly Alice Milliat and the Fédération Sportive Féminine Internationale (FSFI), instead paved the way for women’s inclusion in Olympic athletics. In response, the IAAF adopted various strategies to gain control over the women’s sport and its organizing body. The IAAF’s decision to support the inclusion of women’s events in the Olympics thus stemmed more from its quest to consolidate authority than from a desire and intention to advance women’s sport. The IAAF slowly gained control over women’s athletics, with lasting repercussions on the progression of women in the sport, as both athletes and administrators.

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