By Tony Ubani in London
With the addition of women’s boxing to the Olympic programme, women will now be competing in all sports of the Olympic Games.
Women’s participation at the Games in London is also expected to be the highest ever. Also, for the first time in Olympic history, all the participating teams will have had female athletes.
The important landmark highlights just how far female participation has come since 1900, when women first competed at the Games. Back then, only 22 women took part – out of a total of 997 athletes – and they competed in just five sports.
Female participation has increased steadily since then, with women accounting for nearly 43 % of participants at the 2008 Games in Beijing, compared to 23 % at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and just over 13 % at the 1964 Games in Tokyo.