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Veteran Danish sports administrator Else Trangbæk wins 2020 IOC Women and Sport Award for Europe

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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

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As Denmark’s first-ever female Olympic gymnast, in Mexico City 1968, Else Trangbæk knows about commitment. And ever since she’s been committed to promoting inclusivity and gender equality in sport:

“I believe it is important to be engaged in the fight for equality,” says Else. “The fight for equality is about gender, it is about class, it is about ethnicity. Sport is global, and therefore we have a joint responsibility to combine these things and work with tolerances across borders. So I believe the fight for equality on many levels is important.”

One of the most influential women in Danish sport, Ms Trangbæk has held positions from Head of Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Copenhagen University to  executive board member for the Danish Olympic Committee, and member of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport. 

Ms Trangbæk believes passionately in the active promotion of gender equality in sport:

“If one wants equality, one needs to make a concrete strategic plan. In Denmark, we have had difficulties in making quotas, as they have done in Norway and Sweden. As quotas are not made, I would suggest that instead, we would have what is referred to as election committees that nominate both men and women for election.”

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