Jan 19, 2009, 7:48 AM
Beatrice Allen, Gambia's first female International Olympic Committee Member has been recently appointed as member of the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education in the Olympic movement.
Her appointment to serve in this committee came in July 2008 and is one of the two new members appointed to join the numerous Commissions of the IOC, which compose of 32 members.
'The role of the IOC Commissions for Culture and Olympic Education remains to advise the IOC Executive Board on what policy the IOC and Olympic Movement should adopt in terms of the promotion of culture and Olympic education", said Beatrice Allen. She made this remark while speaking to Pointsports during the just concluded sixth World Forum on Sports Education and Culture in Korea.
She pointed out that the chairman of the committee makes a report to each IOC session and the Department of International Cooperation and Development reports it to each Executive Board meeting on behalf of the commission.
Beatrice said that members of each of the commissions of the Olympic Committee is being represented by their country's flag during any function of the Olympic family.
"The role of the committee members is also to ensure culture and Olympic education remains high on the list of Olympic priorities and to ensure that Olympism remains the second dimension of the movement alongside sport", she added.
Mrs. Allen has also served in the Women and Sports commission since 2003. The Women and Sports Commission is currently composed of 20 members and is chaired by Ms Anita L. DeFrantz (USA), IOC member since 1986.