Women in line to form majority of Team GB at Tokyo Olympics

• BOA believes history will be made in next year’s selection
• Investment and IOC’s gender balance pledge among reasons

The British Olympic Association is expecting to make history by selecting more women than men for next year’s Olympics, the Guardian can reveal. With 500 days to go before the Tokyo Games, internal Team GB data strongly indicates that for the first time women athletes will make up the majority of the squad.

Britain sent 164 women and 202 men as part of a 366-strong team for the Rio Olympics. However, a combination of factors, including heavy investment in women’s sport, the strength of the Britain women’s football team and the International Olympic Committee’s move towards gender balance, means BOA chiefs are confident history will be made in Tokyo.

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