The International Olympic Committee did not have any female members until 1981 when it elected Venezuela's Flor Isava-Fonseca and Finland's Pirjo Häggman. Now there are 24 women who are IOC members, representing 22.6 per cent of the total membership of 106. There are also four honorary members. Isava-Fonseca, a sportswoman, journalist and writer, was the first woman elected to the IOC Executive Board in 1990. America Anita DeFrantz, a former rower who won an Olympic bronze medal at Montreal 1976, became the first female vice-president of the IOC between 1997 and 2001. She stood unsuccessfully to replace Juan Antonio Samaranch when he stood down as IOC President in 2001.
March 8 - News today of a new pin to celebrate the summer-long London 2012 festival programme. The pin uses the London 2012 logo in pink without the Olympic rings on a silver background with the word 'Festival' recessed in the background.
Pin 1065 will be priced at £5 and should be available by the end of the week. No information on issue size at the moment.