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.
Qatar's athletics movement will travel to Monaco this week in the hope of returning with two major prizes. The first being the all-important 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships hosting rights for Doha and the second being a historic Men's World Athlete of the Year award for high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim. Both are a possibility - but by no means a certainty as Mike Rowbottom reports.