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Women’s Participation in Sydney Olympics at an All Time High

The 2000 Summer Olympics, scheduled to take place in Sydney, Australia, will include the highest number of women participating in Olympic sports to date. According to Olympic organizers, approximately 3, 952 women will compete this summer, or 38% of the total number of athletes—up from 34% in the Atlanta summer games of 1996. The Australian Olympic Committee has actively supported sexual equality in two sports this year, abandoning initial plans to reduce the size of women’s indoor volleyball and water polo squads.

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Infobeat News - June 15, 2000

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