NOCs across Asia mark International Women’s Day 2021

© Afghanistan NOC
© Afghanistan NOC

Kabul, Afghanistan, March 8, 2021: From Afghanistan to Uzbekistan, National Olympic Committees across Asia celebrated International Women’s Day 2021 in grand style on Monday, March 8.

The Afghanistan National Olympic Committee showcased a number of sporting events celebrating female athletes beginning with the Kabul Women's Basketball Tournament, a Muay Thai Championship and a Begum Bike Rani event organised by the Afghanistan Cycling Federation for women.

The Bhutan Olympic Committee on its website heralded the Bhutan Amateur Athletic Federation 5K Virtual Run Challenge to celebrate International Women’s Day. Participants had to join the BAAF Running Club online and complete a distance of 5km with the federation handing out e-certificates for everyone who completes the race.

The Women’s Committee of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka marked International Women’s Day by hosting a Virtual Speech Competition to create awareness around "Make Sports a Safe Zone".

The competition was open to all genders and from athletes to officials and coaches. Participants had to record their speech of up to two minutes on video and send it to the NOC. Results will be announced on March 15.

The Uzbekistan National Olympic Committee paid tribute to all its female athletes and officials, among them evergreen gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, three-time Asian Games champion in high jump Svetlana Radzivil and cycling ace Olga Zabelinskaya.

“We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our women and sisters who are working for the development of Uzbek sports. Thank you for all your hard work and efforts,” the Uzbekistan NOC said in a statement.

Meanwhile Iranian National Paralympic Committee’s executive board member Batoul Moshref Javadi was recognised by the International Paralympic Committee by making it into the shortlist for 2021 International Women’s Day Recognition Awards.

Javadi, who is also Vice President of Women's Affairs for the Iran Sports Federation for the Disabled, was shortlisted in the Builder category for the IPC award.