Partners and International Organizations Focused on Women’s Sport

International Organizations

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Its mission is to advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Its members include clinicians, academics, scientists, health and fitness professionals and students across more than 70 disciplines in sports medicine and exercise science. WSI regularly partners with ACSM to present sessions at the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference in New York.

European College of Sport Science
The European College of Sport Science (ECSS) is an international non-profit organization founded in Nice, France in 1995. Its purpose is the promotion of science and research, with special attention to the interdisciplinary fields of sport science and sports medicine. It is the leading association of sport scientists at the European level and maintains extensive co-operations with corresponding non-European associations. The purpose of the ECSS is the promotion of science and research, with special attention to sport science across Europe and beyond. Its topics include the motivation, attitudes, values and responses, adaptation, performance and health aspects of people engaged in physical activity and the relation of physical activity and lifestyle to health, prevention and aging. These topics are investigated on an interdisciplinary basis. The College is affiliated with WSI.

European Women and Sport
European Women in Sport (EWS) constitutes a network of contacts aimed at increasing the involvement of women in sport at all levels and in all functions and roles. The main aim of EWS is directed towards a sports culture of practised gender equality in terms of equal opportunities for girls and boys, women and men with regard to education and training, participation and promotion as well as codetermination in decision-making processes in sport. For this purpose, the EWS aims to:

  • represent, defend and promote the interests of women in sport at a European level
  • support and further develop the participation of girls and women in sport
  • help increase the number of women in decision-making bodies and in the administration of sport at all levels
  • educate women for decision-making in sport (e.g., through mentor programmes)
  • promote the involvement of female representatives in local, regional, national delegations at sport-related political, scientific and practical events, conferences, seminars and workshops, at national and international levels
  • strengthen co-operation and encourage the exchange of experience on women and sport issues among European countries at bilateral and multilateral levels
  • cultivate relations with international organisations and bodies on women and sport issues and – where appropriate – establish links of co-operation
  • encourage and increase scientific research projects in various sports sciences for initiating, supporting and adopting women´s perspectives; to provide information on scientific findings on women and sport

You can learn more about EWS and its activities via its website or Facebook page.

International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
The International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) was founded in the late 1950s with the aims of maintaining an inclusive perspective on, and furthering ongoing collaboration between, the different disciplines of sport, sport science and physical education. It brings together a wide range of scientific and professional organisations of various sport branches and disciplines, and creates the possibility for interdisciplinary collaboration. ICSSPE is the world’s largest network of organisations and institutions concerned with sport, sport science and physical education, accounting for millions of people. Among others, the Council belongs to the associated bodies of UNESCO and co-operates with the sport movement. By fostering sport, exercise, education and health, ICSSPE contributes to the development of human society. The organisation operates with the intention to: investigate for a better scientific understanding of all facets of human movement; educate for a better quality of life and improved health for all people; and advocate for the benefits related to an active lifestyle and the ethical values inherent in sporting activity. It runs regular conferences, undertakes advocacy, and maintains a useful upcoming Events section focused on conferences around the world. You can find out more about ICSSPE on its website, Facebook page or via Twitter.

International Platform on Sport & Development
The International Platform on Sport & Development provides a hub for sharing knowledge, building good practice, facilitating coordination and fostering partnerships between and within different stakeholder groups with an interest in the field of sport and development. By using the platform to share information such as documents, reports, official statements, news updates, events, and so on, those interested in sport and development can keep abreast of ‘what’s going on’ in the sector. Users can also connect and interact with each other in order to discuss, ask questions and comment on each other’s work and experiences. The platform also provides newcomers to the field of sport and development with an entry point to discovering how sport can play a part in reaching development and humanitarian objectives. The first International Conference on Sport & Development held between February 16-18, 2003 in Magglingen near Biel/Bienne brought together around 380 representatives from the international political scene, United Nations agencies, national and international sports organizations, the media as well as numerous athletes past and present. The ideas and propositions that were developed during the conference crystallized in the Magglingen Declaration and Recommendations, representing a strong commitment to intensify the use of sport in development cooperation.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women in Sport Commission
The Women in Sport Commission is the result of a Women and Sport Working Group established by the IOC President in December 1995 to advise him and the Executive Board on related issues. The Commission is composed of representatives of the three components of the Olympic Movement (IOC, IFs, NOCs) as well as an athletes’ representative and independent members. Like all IOC commissions, it is an advisory body only. Its role is to advise the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC President on the development and implementation of the IOC women and sport policy and to promote equal opportunities for girls and women to participate in, and benefit from sport and physical activity. The Chair of the initial Working Group was IOC member Anita L. DeFrantz, who remains an honorary member of the Commission. Its Women in Sport pages contain valuable up-to-date information about the current levels of participation in the Olympic movement and Olympic Games, and an historical overview of the development of women’s Olympic sport.

Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund has been supporting women’s human rights groups around the world since 1987, providing many millions of dollars of grants. Their web site includes all the information a potential grantee needs to submit an application. It also informs visitors about the grants already funded, their funders, and how the Global Fund operates.

International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG)
The IWG is an independent coordinating body consisting of representatives of key government and non-government organisations from all regions of the world. WomenSport International has a representative member on the IWG. The IWG has the overarching objective of promoting and facilitating the development of opportunities for girls and women in sport and physical activity throughout the world.The IWG was established in 1994 at the 1st World Conference on Women and Sport held in Brighton, United Kingdom. Subsequent World Conferences have taken place every four years in Windhoek, Nambia (1998), Montreal, Canada (2002), Kumamoto, Japan (2006), Sydney, Australia (2010), Helsinki, Finland (2014) and Gaborone, Botswana (2018). New Zealand will host the IWG Secretariat from 2018 to 2022 and the World Conference in 2022. IWG conferences are recognised as landmark events that raise the profile of women and sport issues, demonstrate commitment to effecting positive change and highlight the host community’s contributions to success in this area. Most importantly, well attended world conferences stimulate action at national, regional and international levels.The IWG website provides a wide variety of information including up-to-date news articles from around the globe, conference information and legacy documents, international events calendar, information on the grant program in partnership with WomenWin, resources in multiple languages and much more.

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Safe Sport International
Safe Sport International (SSI) is commited to ending abuse of athletes, focusing particularly on non-accidental harms that are perpetrated knowingly and deliberately, and that undermine both the mental and physical health of the athlete and the integrity of sport. Safe Sport International feels that the time is right for a coordinated international effort to prevent and respond to this violence as part of the global effort to uphold and protect sporting values. SSI brings together policy, practice and thought leaders in sport through collaboration, such as the SSI Founders Group, women in sport networks (such as WSI), the IOC and many others. SSI will collaborate to develop and support the implementation of international frameworks for safe sport, developing safeguards for adult athletes and managing the transition from child to adult sport. It held its inaugural conference in Madrid, Spain in April 2018. Safe Sport International is a WSI partner and WSI Past-President Kari Fasting is on the Board.


National Organizations

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Asia and Oceania

Women Sport Australia (WSA)
Women Sport Australia (WSA), formerly known as the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association (AWRA), was incorporated in July 2005. It is the peak national not-for-profit organisation that advocates for and provides leadership to women and girls in sport, physical activity and active recreation. It has received strong support from the state-based women’s sport bodies from around Australia to act as an umbrella body and independent “consumer voice” for girls and women. WSA fights to lower the many barriers facing women and girls in sport including the right to:

  • Equal pay, workplace conditions and career progression;
  • Equal access to competition and training facilities, sports medicine and administration;
  • Equal media time, space, treatment and status;
  • Equal access to and facilitation of leadership and mentoring opportunities to improve confidence and skills.

WSA plays a pivotal role in informing, influencing and advocating for change in the media, government, sport and business to allow women to play and lead in sport. Membership is open to sporting organisations and individuals – both females and male –who support WSA’s aims. The organisation offers organisational partner and individual memberships. You can learn more on their website, Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Japanese Association of Physical Education for Women
The Japanese Association of Physical Education for Women (JAPEW) began its activities in 1954 and was formally founded in 1968. It has been affiliated with IAPESGW since 1957 and regularly contributes at IAPESGW conferences. JAPEW was authorized as a registered research organisation in 1988. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2004, and 60th anniversary in 2014. It publishes a bimonthly magazine, Physical Education for Women and Children, and produces a research journal. The President (2017-2018) is Kazuko Takahashi of Yokohama National University.

Japan Society for Sport and Gender Studies (JSSGS)
JSSGS was founded in June 2002. Its mission is to achieve gender equality and impartiality in sport, and to build a gender biased-free sport culture. To achieve those goals , JSSGS holds a well-attended annual conference; publishes research journals; and releases information on its webpage. In 2010 it published the “Sports/Gender Data Book 2010” to bring together data about the state of gender equity in Japanese sport. The book was updated in 2013 (available only in Japanese). You can read more about JSSGS on its website in English or Japanese.

Japanese Association of Women in Sport
The Japanese Association of Women in Sport (JWS) is a non-profit organization whose major mission is to create a more gender equitable society by means of sport. In order to achieve our major mission, special attention will be first given to promote women’s participation in sport and to increase the number of opportunities for women’s leadership. Further, by enhancing the quality of and improving the status of women in sport, we will strive for enhancing the quality of and improving the status of women in society. JWS holds a regular general meeting and produces an email magazine for members. Its website has not been active since 2014. To contact JWS:

Pakistan Association For Women Sport
The Pakistan Association for Women Sport works to promote women’s sport and women’s sport activities. Among the goals of the association are to:

  • promote the importance of sports as mean for bridging cross-cultural difference and conflict and engendering attitudes that enhance cooperation, peace and development in the country and internationally.
  • provide an opportunity to learn more and discuss common issues particularly about women in sports and their participation in decision-making levels.
  • promote others to the development needs of Pakistan particularly those relating to young women.

The Secretary General is Rahat Khanam. The organisation can be contacted on

Women Sport Pakistan
Women Sport Pakistan (PAWS) is a signatory to the Brighton Declaration on Women in Sport. PAWS. It is affiliated with the national Pakistan sports organization. It has organized seminars, coaching clinics and workshops on women and sports, including two-day seminar to highlight the importance and key role of sport and PE in promoting health, education, unity, peace and better understanding among people (2005), and an Empowering of Women conference (2014). It sees women’s participation in sports as an excellent venue for developing the necessary skills for empowering women with confidence, and decision-making and leadership skills. PAWS aims to: provide a chance for a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and address issues common to women throughout the world; promote the importance of sports as means to bridge cross-cultural difference and conflict and enhance cooperation, peace and development; provide an opportunity to discuss and learn about common issues; and raise awareness of the development needs of Pakistan particularly for young women. Read more about the status of women and girls in PE in Pakistan (2011). To contact PAWS, email Secretary General Rahat Khanum at

Women in Sport Aotearoa / Ngā Wāhine Hākinakina o Aotearoa New Zealand (WISPA)
WISPA was formed in 2017 with the vision that women and girls are valued, visible and influential in sport. Its main driver are leadership, research and advocacy for women’s sport. It is guided by five core beliefs: that participation in sport grows future leaders and role models, that positive action is required to transform sport for the betterment of women and girls, that sharing research data and insights creates a powerful case for change, that New Zealand sport will benefit from more female leaders, and that women and girls need a strong collective voice. WISPA is the delivery agent for the 2018-2022 International Working Group on Women in Sport (IWG) Secretariat and 2022 IWG World Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. WISPA was the inspiration of current co-chairs, Sarah Leberman and Julie Paterson. WSI Secretary Toni Bruce is on the inaugural Board. You can follow WISPA’s activities on its Facebook page or contact it by email:

Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia (WSFFM)
WSFFM is an organization devoted towards the empowerment of women through sports and fitness. The Foundation has pursued this goal from 1995 along with our humble quest to enlighten women on the significance of sports and fitness as a national agenda. The WSFFM is the first non-governmental organization (NGO) in Malaysia to be affiliated with the National Council of Women’s Organization (NCWO).The membership drive campaign, which serves as a true testimony of women solidarity in sport and fitness, has acquired thousands of members. The Foundation has conducted a wide spectrum of projects ranging from sports for all to fitness and high performance sports. In 2005, the Foundation organized jointly with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), the National Sports Council (NSC) and the National Sports Associations (NSA) the first National Women’s Games (NWG). It has also organized a women’s coaching convention, various fitness, exercise and health seminars and challenges, as well as conventions that attracted local and international participants. Its recent work has focused on organizing or supporting activities related to preserving, conserving and protecting rainforests, training for trainers in the SAB 20/30 exercise program that combines qigong, tai chi and aerobic movements, and supporting fitness drumming classes. The patron of WSFFM, YB Dato’ Sri Azalina Dato’ Othman Said, is a leader with distinction, inspiring and truly sincere in making a difference in women’s life. It is indeed an honour for the Foundation to have the first woman Minister of Youth and Sports as a Chairperson. The Foundation strives at continuing its sincere efforts to empower women, foster friendships, to achieve peace and solidarity among the community through sports. The current President is Puan Sri To’ Puan Datuk Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil.


National Organisation for Women in Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR)
NOWSPAR is an NGO established in 2006 that works to promote the equitable engagement of women in sport, physical activity and recreation in Zambia. In partnership with schools, sports clubs, national sports associations and non-governmental organizations, NOWSPAR implements advocacy, capacity development, education, networking and research programmes. Its overarching theme is ‘Every Body Matters’. NOWSPAR’s vision is increased participation of girls and women in sport, physical activity and recreation in all communities and sports bodies in Zambia. NOWSPAR believes everyone with a body has a right to sport no matter their sex or social economic status or geographic location, and that sport should be available and accommodating to all forms of bodies, young, elderly or with disabilities. NOWSPAR’s focus (2014-2017) was on using its service work to inform policy engagement and vice-versa, positioning NOWSPAR as an expert in the field of women and sport, and leading the effort on challenging themes such as violence and government accountability for delivery of sport, while keeping the individual sport participants engaged. You can learn more about NOWSPAR via its website, Facebook page or follow it on Twitter.


Association for Women in Sports Media (United States)
The Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) was founded in 1987 as a support network and advocacy group for women who work in sports media (reporting, editing, broadcast, media relations, etc.). Its membership exceeds 750 women and men who are primarily professionals in sports media and students aspiring to careers in the industry. AWSM works to promote and increase diversity in sports media, and includes an internship and scholarship program that has placed over 150 female university students in paid summer internships since 1990. ASWM holds an annual conference. You can find out more about AWSM via its website, Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)
CAAWS is a national advocacy organization in Canada whose mission is the ensure that girls and women in sport and physical activity have access to a complete range of opportunities and choices and have equity as participants and leaders. CAAWS was formally launched in 1981. Its goal was to see the enhanced presence of girls and women at all levels and in all areas of sport. With a focus on systematic change, CAAWS partners with governments, organizations and leaders to challenge the status quo and to advance solutions that result in measurable change. CAAWS is very active, providing a wide range of programs, publications, workshops, grants and recognition. You can read more on the CAAWS website, Facebook page or follow CAAWS on Twitter.

Promotion Plus (Canada)
Promotion Plus is a provincial umbrella organization, established in 1990, representing girls and women in physical activity and sport in British Columbia, Canada It works closely with Sport BC and other provincial sport and recreation organizations. Their current active network is approximately 1,900 individuals and organizations. The vision of Promotion Plus is to ensure that all girls and women in physical activity and sport in the province of British Columbia have access to a complete range of choices and opportunities; have equity as participants, competitors and leaders; and become fully participatory and actualize their potential.

Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation (United States)
The Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation (GLAF) was founded in 2003. It seeks to increase the participation of LGBT athletes in competitive sports, and to enhance the visibility of LGBT athletes as positive role models. GLAF held its first national conference in 2003. It drew over 350 attendees nationally as well as internationally. GLAF used the first year to gauge its progress and establish the issues, and then titled its second conference in “taking on the challenge”, as a way to dive into the issues and establish a plan of action. GLAF contributed to other conferences in 2005 and 2006. The original website is still available with resources and videos of conference presentations, at but has not been active since 2006. GLAF has shifted to Facebook and can be found at:

The Feminist Majority Foundation (United States)
The Feminist Majority Foundation provides an Internet gateway to Gender Equity in Athletics and Sports, containing a list of Internet resources pertaining to women’s sports. They have also made available their publication The Feminist Majority Foundation’s Empowering Women in Sports Report (1995) which documented from an American perspective the continuing inequity and sex discrimination prevalent in the field of sports up to the mid 1990s.

The Women’s Sports Foundation (United States)
The WSF in the United States, founded in 1974, is a national non-profit, educational, member based organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing sports and fitness experience for all girls and women. The WSF offers participation, education, advocacy, research and leadership programs. Its site highlights research, policy and position statements, provides materials for classroom discussion, and encourages advocacy efforts on issues of relevance to girls and women in sport. It offers scholarships, and hosts the Annual Salute to Women in Sports awards gala event. You can follow the WSF on its website, Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Title IX (United States)
The Title IX site serves as a public service, informational campaign designed to educate the public about Title IX. Simply stated, Title IX is a law passed in the United States in 1972 that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives US federal funding. Many people have never heard of Title IX. Most people who know about Title IX think it applies only to sports, but athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law. These areas are: Access to Higher Education, Career Education, Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Employment, Learning Environment, Math and Science, Sexual Harassment, Standardized Testing and Technology.

Europe and United Kingdom

Women in Sport (United Kingdom)
Formerly known as the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (2007-2014) and Women’s Sports Foundation (1984-2007)
Women in Sport UK (established 2014) is the latest incarnation of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (2007-2014) and the Women’s Sports Foundation (1984-2007). It is dedicated to the vision of a society where gender equality exists in every sphere, including sport. It produces research, undertakes campaigns and works with sports, funders, business and government to create more opportunities for women in sport. WIS focuses on three main areas: Playing Sport, Leading and Working in Sport, and Visibility for Women’s Sport. You can also follow WIS on Facebook or Twitter.

Scottish Women in Sport
Founded in 2013 by Maureen McGonigle, Scottish Women in Sport is a national equity charity that aims to increase the profile and raise awareness of all areas of women in sport in Scotland. Its vision is for a Scotland where females of all ages, abilities, ethnicities and walks of life are participating in sport or physical activity; within a positive, equitable culture where their achievements are promoted and celebrate. She writes a weekly column for Scottish newspaper the National of women and girls in sport. SWIS also produces a regular blog. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Public Council for the Promotion of Women’s Sports
The Public Council for the Promotion of Women’s Sports was founded in 2005 to promote policies supportive of women’s sports, including the development of Olympic sports and the formulation of recommendations to advance female leadership in women’s sports in Israel. The Council initiates multi-year action plans for the creation of a broad-based infrastructure for women’s sports activity and for the promotion of competitive sports. The Council also works to change public attitudes in Israel in all matters concerning women’s sport. The first chairperson was Ms. Hanna Gertler. In 2013, Ms Michal Cafrey-Yardeni was appointed Chairperson. Its goals are:

  1. To build a quantitative and qualitative infrastructure of female athletes nationwide, while opening opportunities for each and every girl, adolescent or woman to engage in sports – at any age, anywhere and at every competitive level, with emphasis on a broad range of population groups.
  2. To create female leadership in sports – suitable representation for women among decision makers and policy makers in sports – while ensuring equitable and appropriate allocation of budgeting and the investment of resources, and their administration among decision makers. To encourage and present opportunities for women to engage in sports-related professions, including coaching, administration and refereeing, while creating long-term employment prospects for women in sports.
  3. To educate for a change in attitudes in Israeli society as to the importance of sports as a vital factor in the skilling and shaping of every young girl. To encourage, assist, guide and support girls to engage in sporting activities from an early age and to persist in sports, out of the recognition of the advantages inherent in sports as a vector for success, personal empowerment, life skills and a more egalitarian society.

Value Sports (Ofek Leadership for Girls in Sports)
Value Sports aims to transform society through developing sports programs that promote education and social values such as tolerance, mutual respect, acceptance of others, discipline, perseverance and leadership. The goal of the Leadership Program is to mentor girls in sports clubs to recognize and develop their personal and social skills to become leaders and role models on and off the field. Through workshops, professional guidance, a project through which older girls in the leadership cohort inspire, support and teach younger girls what they have learned, the program aims to help sports clubs retain their female athletes and give girls the confidence to persevere as coaches, managers and leaders. Its main objectives are to:

  • Develop women’s leadership and social networks in and outside of sports.
  • Retain girls in sports by creating professional, social and personal connections.
  • Improve the body image and self-confidence of girl athletes.
  • Support the team’s camaraderie and teamwork to create a welcoming and safe atmosphere for the girls on the team.
  • Transform the club into a social framework that encourages adolescents, parents and girls to get involved in their communities.
  • Give coaches, both women and men, practical tools to improve communication with girl athletes and to know how to cope with their personal and social challenges.

Israel organization for Physical Education & Sport for Girls and Women
The Israeli organization for Physical Education & Sport for Girls and Women is affiliated with both WSI and the International Association of Physical Education & Sport for Girls & Women (IAPESGW). It was established in 1980, with a membership of approximately 50 (all women), consisting of past and present ranked female athletes, academicians in various areas of sports and physical education teachers. The organization is voluntary and self-financed. Its objectives are to promote promote research and issues relating to girls and women in sport and PE, to strengthen contacts among the academy and the “field” of sport and PE, and to enable exchange of ideas and information among members and offer opportunities for discussion. It has held full-day annual meetings that include lectures and workshops, and serve as a platform for discussion of women’s sport related issues, and formation of action groups. It has dealt with subjects such as: how to promote motivation for participation in PE classes, initiatives to advance women and girls into sport in the school and in the community through examples from the “field”, women’s self defense, innovations in body shaping, cooperation among women from different ethnicities and religions through doing physical activity together, and women crossing ethnic and religious barriers through participation in physical activity. The most recent contact was Dr. Sima Zach:


Hellenic Union for Promoting Women in Sport and Physical Activity (P.E.P.G.A.S)
The Hellenic Union for Promoting Women in Sport and Physical Activity (P.E.P.G.A.S) was founded in 1995, by a group of women working in the field of Sport and Physical Education. It has organised many annual conferences and published 8 editions of Women & Sports, the organization’s academic journal. P.E.P.G.A.S is a national voluntary organization and its office is located in Thessaloniki. The 2018 President is Alexandra Laioglou. Its 8 objectives are to: involve women from inside and outside sport; make women aware of women’s issues in sport; promote research related to women and sport; promote legislation towards equality of women in sport; liaise with relevant international and national agencies concerning sport information; promote equality in P.E lessons in schools; educate women for leadership roles and functions of sports; and promote the image of women and sport in the media. In its early days, P.E.P.G.A.S organized two conferences (1997, 1999) and two seminars (1998, 2001) on women and sport issues, as well as special seminars and workshops in other sports conferences. At the beginning P.E.P.G.A.S gained funds to publish and distribute leaflets with the organization’s objectives and to publish a newsletter twice annually. In 2002 P.E.P.G.A.S published its first scientific journal. The journal is published every two years. You can contact P.E.P.G.A.S at

Iran Womensports Federation
The aim of the Iran Womensports Federation was to promote and improve women’s roles in sport fields and events as a basic goal. The organisation covered different women’s sport activities all around the country and at international levels. The Federation provided news, information about its structure and the number of women participating in different sports. The former President was Tahereh Taherian, who was also Deputy President of the physical education organization in charge of womensport affairs (I.R.IRAN). Its former website ( no longer belongs to this organization. WSI understands that in 2018 Iranian women in sport are trying to revive the organization.