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Disappointing Result for Women's Water Polo Media Release 21 May 1‘http://www.erin.gov.au/portfolio/minister/stlg/97/sm2lmay97.html

The Hon Warwick Smith MP Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games Federal Member for Bass

DISAPPOINTING RESULT FOR WOMEN'S WATER POLO 21 May 1997

Warwick Smith, Federal Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games, has expressed disappointment that women's water polo was not included in today's IOC announcement of new women's events for the 2000 Games.

"While I am pleased to see additional events for women in synchronised swimming and shooting in the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, it is at the same time disheartening to see women's water polo still not being given a 'fair go'." Mr Smith said.

While recognising that it was a decision for the IOC and FINA , Mr Smith said that it was a great pity that Australia's current world title-holders in water polo would be unable to compete before their own home crowd in 2000.

The Federal Government has supported the lobbying by the AOC, SOCOG, Australian Water Polo Inc, and the international water polo community for inclusion of this women's event not only because Australia's team is the current world champion, but also to assist in addressing the gender imbalance in the 2000 Games programme.

"Given society's move towards gender equity, and particularly with the strong performance of the Australian women's team in last year's World Water Polo Championships, it appears inequitable to not have a single women's water polo event represented at the 2000 Games", Mr Smith said.

Ends....21 May 1997

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