|A quote from gay tennis player Bill Tilden is featured in the Museum: "Tennis is more than a sport: it's an art, like the ballet"|
The annual Agora du sport conference was held last week at the French National Tennis Museum at the Roland Garros tennis center. The conference was an opportunity to share experiences on a variety of themes. Among the subjects, a session on women in sport, where one of the rare women to head a male sports club (the handball club of Ivry, near Paris), spoke of her pessimism as to the evolution of sports institutions that remain boys clubs. Other speakers, such as French tennis star Nathalie Dauchy, spoke of the impact the lack of media attention has on women's sports. FGG representatives spoke of the custom in LGBT sport of having male and female tandems for key positions, a solution which interested many, but seems difficult to reconcile with current French law (which nonetheless favors in theory gender parity).
One of the participants made a call for action in favor of women's sport at an international level, calling on the International Olympic Committee to enforce its policies and protecting athletes from the intrusion of religion in sport, citing the example of the Iranian girls' team participating in the recent Youth Olympics, who were allowed to compete with their heads covered, contrary to established principles and rules.