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Moya Dodd awarded IOC Women and Sport Oceania Trophy

8 November 2016

Former Australian international footballer and Asian Football Confederation Vice President Moya Dodd has been awarded the IOC Women and Sport Oceania Trophy.

Ms Dodd received the prestigious honour following her works championing women’s rights within the game while raising global awareness about the need to bring more gender diversity into all areas of sports governance.

“It's very gratifying for football to be recognised in this way,” Dodd said.

“There is without question an unstoppable global movement towards greater inclusion of women in sport.

“Historically, football has not been kind to women - we were actually banned from playing in many countries, and missed out on decades of development. So the progress of the last few years is well overdue - there is governance reform and fans watching us play in ever greater numbers.

“The IOC Women and Sport Awards highlight and promote the progress we have made, and set a new baseline for future efforts. As Nelson Mandela said: it always seems impossible, until it's done.”

Having pursued a career in law after her playing days came to an end, Dodd joined the Football Federation of Australia board in 2007 and soon became the first woman elected to the Executive Committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

In 2009 she became a Vice President of the AFC, sits on the FIFA Executive Committee and is Chair of the FIFA Women’s Task Force where she has been crucial to the plight of a greater recognition of women in sport.

“Changing the FIFA statutes was a very big milestone. They now include express top-level objectives to promote women in football and the resourcing of football for all who wish to play, regardless of gender. This will ensure that the next generation of girls gets a much greater opportunity to play and participate than I had.”

“Changing the headscarf rule was also very significant. For the first time, we saw players in headscarves on the field in a FIFA finals tournament for the u17 Women's World Cup. Half a billion Muslim women could watch that and know that football also belongs to them.”

While she is kept extremely busy by her numerous positions, Dodd was on hand in Lausanne, Switzerland, where IOC President Thomas Bach paid tribute to the amazing work being done by the Australian and her fellow award winners.

“The world of sport needs courageous men and women to lead the change towards gender equality. These Women and Sport Awards are very important because without these personalities whom we are honouring, the athletes could not achieve their goals.

“These personalities have assisted and inspired athletes. They have been fighting for the right of the female athletes, they have encouraged them. Let us be inspired by these role models to make the world a better place.”

Having begun an extremely successful radio programme that inspires women and girls to be more active in sport and to pursue their goals and dreams, Ethiopia’s Dagim Zinabu Tekle became the first male to receive the World Trophy.

Continental winners Felicite Rwemarika (Africa), Dr Carole Oglesby (Americas), Maria Leonor Estampador (Asia) and Majken Maria Gilmartin (Europe) were also recognised at the event.

Matt Bartolo

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