Sport is universally seen as the most popular activity in
the world. However, gender bias and origin-based discrimination,
as well as barriers resulting from social vulnerability, including
disabilities and cultural background, still hamper equal access
to sport almost everywhere.
This report strives to encourage a more integrated and dynamic
approach to promoting access to sport, notably through increased
co-operation between stakeholders and through establishing effective
monitoring mechanisms of any form of discrimination in sport.
Member States are called upon to reduce gender-based remuneration
gaps and disparities in prizes, recognise women athletes’ achievements
and significantly increase media visibility of women in sport, notably
by devoting more public service broadcasting airtime to women’s
sport and by promoting a non-sexist view of sport. They should also
consider launching talks with sports organisations on a better redistribution
of revenues generated by top-level professional sport in order to
allocate a percentage of that money to projects aimed at improving access
to sport for all.
The report supports the work of the Council of Europe Enlarged
Partial Agreement on Sport and encourages the International Olympic
Committee to develop a comprehensive programme for the promotion
of sport for all and the fight against discrimination.