#ICYMI: U.S. Athlete Aims For Gender Equality

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(ATR) Jordan Gray owns the U.S. record in the women's decathlon. But she can't compete at the Olympics because the event is not part of the Games.

So the native of Ball Ground, Georgia has launched "Let Women Decathlon", a campaign petitioning the IOC to include women’s decathlon in the Paris 2024 sports program.

The effort began on February 3 to coincide with the 35th National Girls & Women In Sports Day.

At last check, the petition on LetWomenDecathlon.org had more than 4,000 signatures.

In 2019, Gray obtained 7,921 points in a USATF affiliated decathlon. After breaking the American record, Gray says she was driven to create the campaign after meeting female athletes in decathlon who have fought for decades to be included in the Olympic program.

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Schwarzenegger Exalts Late Olympic Champion Yuri Vlasov

(ATR) For Arnold Schwarzenegger, the legendary Soviet Olympic weightlifting champion Yuri Vlasov "taught all of us that 'impossible' is just a word".

The emblematic figure of world bodybuilding, film star and former governor of California praised Vlasov's personality on Twitter this Monday. Vlasov died at the age of 85 on Saturday.

Vlasov "was the first person to clean and jerk 200 kg, and he inspired me when I met him as a young lifter in 1961. It is because of people like him that I refuse to call myself self-made," Schwarzenegger wrote.

"He told me that the power of the body was nothing compared to the power of the mind. He was one of the strongest men in the world and he believed that true strength came from words," he continued.

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AIBA Seeks Secretary General

(ATR) The International Boxing Association (AIBA) opens the search for someone to run the day-to-day operations of the troubled federation.

AIBA announced on Tuesday the position of secretary general. A newly established selection committee is to provide the AIBA board of directors with at least two candidates by March 22 in a process that "will be fully transparent and democratic".

The secretary general’s role includes overseeing AIBA’s administrative staff and managing the AIBA head office. The boxing federation has not had anyone in charge of daily operations on a permanent basis since Tom Virgets of the USA was fired as executive director in August of 2019.

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