The history of women’s sport dates back in the 19th century. The end of the 19th century saw the coming of horseback riding, archery, golf, tennis, skiing, and skating which were basically enjoyed among women in the upper social class.
The first time for a female sportsperson to take part in the modern Olympic Games was the second Olympic Games in 1900. Only male Greek citizens were allowed to take part in the 1st modern Olympic Games as well as the ancient Olympic Games. According to the IOC (International Olympic Committee), only 12 female athletes took part in the second Olympic Games. They competed in only two events which were golf and tennis. The decision of whether women would participate in the event or not was up to men who operated the Olympic Games. The events that men considered being a "feminine sport" was recognized as women's sport.
There happened an upsurge of interests in women’s sport in the world, especially in Canada, Australia, and the United States, and this movement was clearly visible in the international conferences on women and sport. At the first World Conference on Women and Sport held in Brighton, the UK in 1994, the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) was established. IWG is a body of key governmental and non-governmental organizations which aims to empower women and improve their roles in sport. IWG hosts an international conference on women and sport every 4 years.
Sport refreshes and rejuvenates our body and mind and helps to have a healthy lifestyle not just for men but also women. Recently, we have come across many unbelievable performances by female sportsperson in soccer and baseball also cricket which used to be considered a sport for only men. With such a development we’re sure to see more of such brave-hearted women all around the world. More power to them!
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