IOC commissions are due to meet over the coming weeks at the Olympic House ©Getty Images

The commissions of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are set to gather in the Swiss city of Lausanne over the coming weeks for the first time since gender equality was achieved.

In total, there are now 546 across the collective bodies with 273 occupied by men and 273 by women.

There is also a record high of 13 women chairing the 31 commissions this year that are set to meet in Olympic House.

The increase is said to be down to the adoption of the Olympic Agenda 2020+5 which developed 21 gender equality and inclusion objectives for the years up until 2024 when Paris hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"The IOC commissions play a vital role in the organisation's work, focusing on specific subject areas and making recommendations to the IOC President, the Executive Board and the session," read an IOC statement.

"The composition of each commission includes IOC members and a range of external experts.

"This will also be first time the IOC commissions have met after the changes made in the commission structure to reflect the changing landscape of sport and the strategic goals of Olympic Agenda 2020+5.

The IOC released gender equality initiatives under three spheres of influence it has ©IOC
The IOC released gender equality initiatives under three spheres of influence it has ©IOC

"The meetings will have a hybrid format to allow commission members who cannot travel to Lausanne to join online."

The 21 objectives centre around increasing the number of women in the IOC whether it be as directors, managers, members, Executive Board members, commission chairs, or commission members.

Beyond the IOC, the organisation also wants to boost women in leadership positions at the National Olympic Committee and International Federation levels.

Systemic reviews of all Olympic Games-related policies and requirements are also in place in order to ensure the objectives are being followed.

The composition of athletes is also changing.

Quota places for the Paris 2024 Olympics have been split down the middle, following an increase in parity at Tokyo 2020 where women made up 48 per cent of the athletes.