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Bringing more women into sport

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posted Jul 22, 2008

Well, I'm a guy and know more female athletes then male. But if it's good for the sport then it must be good overall.

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comment by Meazza (U7140124)

posted Jul 22, 2008

There's no point looking at tackling inequality in the media coverage for the simple reason that in most sports men and women aren't equal; men are significantly better. It's not reasonable to assume that you're going to get Sky paying the same money for women's football as men's football as the women play with a lower level of pace, strength and technical ability and therefore less people are interested in watching it. If you asked most female football fans which they would prefer to watch they would say men's football. In sports such as showjumping where women compete at the same level as men there is equality in the media coverage with the women maybe even getting a bit more. Ultimately papers print what people want to read about and TV channels show what people want to watch and to try to change it on the grounds of equality is a waste of time.

Similarly the commission would be wasting there time trying to address leadership as detailed in the article. As is pointed out, far more men play sport and top level sport than women, so why should you expect the governing bodies to have an equal number of men and women? As long as appointments are made on merit and women aren't discriminated against then I don't see what the problem is.

What the commission should be concentrating on is female participation in sport as that's where the real difference can be made. If they could encourage more women to participate after they leave school then that could make a real difference to the women themselves and female sport in general. If more women take part in sport, the standards will go up, the media will be more interested and the there will be more worthy female candidates to lead the governing bodies.

If you're building a house you start with the foundations. I hope this commission doesn't waste it's time coining soundbites about the state of the roof.

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posted Jul 22, 2008

There are a number of womens sports that are still in their infancy. Using football as an example, men have played for hundreds of years and so the infrastructure is there. For womens football the infrastruture is, I think, now in place. But only recently comparitively speaking. So now we (the county FAs) will have the next few years to develop girls at Centres Of Excellence to produce the future football stars. In essence, you have to build from the ground up. However, that doesnt take into consideration that there are still a number of stupid clowns who are clearly jealous that a girl can play a sport better than they can. Eventually the media will pick up on the fact that any male or female side of any sport cannot be directly compared. They are separate in their own right.
Put the funding at grass roots sport and in the years to come it wil lall come to fruition!!

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comment by mario (U1787599)

posted Jul 22, 2008

Fans don't want to watch women's team sports in general, because it is not top level, and probably never will be. It's not just an English thing. In America people want to watch the NBA , not the WNBA.

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posted Jul 22, 2008

Just another power struggle. Women want more..like everyone else.

I won't be buying into womens sport just to feel more politically correct.

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comment by MikeFay (U1650357)

posted Jul 22, 2008

All these comments that people won't watch sport with women in because it's not top level - yet people watch women's tennis. Also look at sports with weight levels - are you saying nobody is interested in, say, Joe Calzaghe because he doesn't fight at - and wouldn't be the best in the world at - heavyweight boxing?

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comment by Jol (U1706161)

posted Jul 22, 2008

The people who watch women's tennis are the blokes wanting to see shapely legs and short skirts on top totty.
Unfortunately, women will never receive equal coverage because, relative to men in an equivalent sport, they are rubbish......

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posted Jul 22, 2008

Political correctness won't work in sport (as if it works anywhere else). People want to see the best there is. People watch women's tennis for reasons other than sport!!! The most famous women tennis players are not necessarily the best (Kournikova?) and many concentrate more on what they're wearing than actually playing (Sharapova). Some are even obese (Safina for a start), so I can't take it seriously in a sporting sense, but I will watch pretty girls in short skirts, because I want to. Even though women are now paid the same it costs more to watch the Men's final than the women's!

As for 'Dame' Tanni, I couldn't take her seriously either. Someone in a souped-up wheelchair beating a few others in souped-up wheelchairs, not thousands; there only seemed to be about half-a-dozen in the London Marathon. One-legged people playing football is something to admire, but not glorified chariot racing.

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posted Jul 22, 2008

let women be in charge of women's teams and women's associations (which should be the case). but not into he men's game

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posted Jul 22, 2008

Anything that increases women's participation in sport is a good thing as there is a marked dropping off in the teenage years.
More training of women coaches & administrators is also an admirable goal.
But can we please stop the old moan about more womens sport on tv. Most is ignored as , compared to mens sport, it is vastly inferior and to pretend otherwise is patronising.

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posted Jul 22, 2008

As a father of two daughters, I wish Tanni Grey-Thompson well in her efforts to raise the profile of women's sport. However having seen some of the above comments it's clear misogyny is still alive and well.

There is no shortage of role models for women in sport but sadly a lack of publicity for their efforts. At the moment this country is awash with world class women athletes (Kath Granger, Nicole Cooke, Pippa Funnell, Beth Tweddle, Paula Radcliffe, Gail Emms, Ellen MacArthur, Anna Hemmings, Sarah Ayton etc.) but their success is rarely reported.

I don't understand this because the excitement of seeing, say, Vicky Pendleton win her sprint gold earlier this year was just as much as that of Chris Hoy achieving his similar succcess. I can only assume most media outlets think the majority of sports fans are like some of the above posters. Can I assure them that a lot of us appreciate all sporting endeavour and happily watch women's sport for that reason.

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comment by unza (U8605104)

posted Jul 22, 2008

firstly i would like to say that i have NOTHING against women. in fact, i quite like women. however my opinion is regarding womens football and FOOTBALL only and so this does not apply to other sports.

i have seen mens football. i have seen womens football. i have no complaints about women playing football or watching football. however it is common sense that there is simply more quality in the mens game than the womens game. when the majority of people into football are men and in general men are better than women in football, then surely there cant be any complaints that mens football is shown more than womens? even if this difference was lowered, sure maybe a few women wouldnt be obese but the popularity of football would plummet! i would have no complaints if for example if motd for men was shown on bbc1 and motd for women was shown on bbc2 but it would be stupid to lower the coverage of the mens game to support womens football. at the end of the day, men tend to watch football to escape the pressures of the world and have a beer with lads so this shouldnt be ruined by womens football. im not a sexist person but it looks like some people need a reality check here. the mens game simply has more quality than the womens game so people would prefer mens football over womens football. its like complaining that not enough men wear make-up or do ballet, leading to uglier looking men and men who cant dance...

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posted Jul 22, 2008

The reason so few women actively take part in sport is in part answered by some of the comments here. We're not taken seriously, because we're just 'top totty'. Women aren't brought up to aspire to role models who're good at sport - our role models just marry men who are.

Until the media and we as a society start to respect female athletes for their sporting prowess and not just their 'shapely legs in short skirts', young women will prefer to take the easy route to social approval and primp with their handbags instead.

And there's a reason women aren't as good at the likes of football as men are - we're not given the support, the intensive training from childhood, and the six-figure wages that would allow us to develop as players as they are. Remove the pay, most of the training facilites and media support for the likes of Manchester United, and their players would be 'vastly inferior' too.

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posted Jul 22, 2008

"Unfortunately, women will never receive equal coverage because, relative to men in an equivalent sport, they are rubbish......"

well i support leeds carnegie ladies, i also follow england women, who can at least qualify for major tournaments, unlike the overpaid muppets of d mens, n ur sayin women in an equivalent sport r rubbish 2 d men? hahahaha!!!

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posted Jul 22, 2008

May I take a fervent opposition to the opening statement of this article? I am sixty five years old and I have never, ever, known of or even heard of a barrier to women participating in any sport. Of course, basic rules of decency prohibit women from sharing the same rooms as men just for the sake of protecting women from male “exuberance”. OK, I accept that one day, a woman (or women everywhere) may play football to a higher standard than men. Or, a woman might throw a javelin further, or sprint faster or run a marathon quicker or be better than men in whatever sport they wish to participate in. Any such event would receive so much media attention that doors will open wide and, more importantly, funding would be so easily available that the woman would become a new “miracle”; in fact, the only question would relate solely to her capacity to cope with such adulation.

That aside, in my experience, any woman wishing to pursue a sport has always been encouraged and even more so in today’s female dominated western societies.

As regards team sports, ask any coach. Team spirit and team building involves the changing-room and the showers. In this context, a person lays themselves bare…. to the team and submits to the team’s inevitable judgements of their personal assets. It’s a “bonding” process; I don’t know if woman do this (some sporty female friends tell me that they do). I am not an advocate of “mixed” team sports, purely upon moral grounds but, provided that everything is based upon equality, perhaps I should stand aside.

I interpret the WSFF findings as being that 80% of women have no interest in sport whatsoever and that does agree with my own assessment. Quite how a new “Quango” can change this from the limited scope it has is way beyond my own, extraordinary capacity to assimilate knowledge! The most it can achieve is allowing a very few people a few moments of fame.

As for obese women, well….. it’s all about making a woman feel good about herself. Now, how about this statistic; every man I know over fifty does NOT want a young girl simply because they are so silly. A clue here can be gained from the exponential development of the “MILF” style on porn sites; watch it if you want to learn about real life.

Simple fact is, if the government genuinely is concerned about female obesity and avoiding the costs the only way is to confront the real issue for every woman, ie how does she make the best of herself? Plastic surgery, laser treatment, playing football, hockey, throwing javelins, shotputting, running marathons, sprinting, going to the gym or whatever. Enabling a woman to feel good about herself will make a whole world of difference… and a lot of men happy too. All the WSFF has achieved is proving that 80% of women will never, ever, engage in sports to improve themselves, eg., I’m a man and I never, ever use nail varnish or make-up. I never will. Nor will 80% of the blokes I have contact with.

Setting up a Quango to encourage either me, or them, to go against our instincts will only serve to give the people involved in running the Quango an income. What’s the point in that? Or, is the author of the article merely just trying to exploit her "paralympic" status? If so, what a lame attempt! Honestly, so much scope for her to exploit and it's wasted on "feminine" rubbish... what a waste!

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posted Jul 22, 2008

"I won't be buying into womens sport just to feel more politically correct."

I agree. The womens world cup was a joke the qulity on display was below mens sunday league. And the worst thing is every time one of the players did someting remotly right as in control a pass everyone would go wooooo did you see what she did that is as good as any man. I'm not against women sports I just don't watch them becuase they are mostly rubbish.

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posted Jul 23, 2008

Men want to watch sport. Women have better things to do with their time. Men want to watch men play sport not women. Im not slanging any women in sports that is just the way it is. Another waste of money.

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posted Jul 23, 2008

Jesus. Saying things like 'well they're rubbish so I wont watch them play football' is just plain stupid. Women in general havent been playing that long you fools! The fact is that men's football has had over 100 years' head start over the women and now we see the the mens game of today - tripping over blades of grass to get a foul, faking serious injury, concern if the hair is out of the Alice Band.
In terms of football, the womens game is a far honest and purer game.
In other sports, tennis for example, the women work just as hard and the infrastructure is in place and has been for some time.

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posted Jul 23, 2008

Men have a natural competitiveness, wanting to win and compete that is innate in us all , and that women simply do not have.

Men are physically stronger, and play all sport where both sexes play, at a much higher level than women. Not trying to be sexist, but these are the facts. Why encourage mediocrity?

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posted Jul 23, 2008

Sport has always been a problem for your average leftie social engineer. In the workplace they can impose their quotas safe in the knowledge that any weak links will be hidden or explained away as victims of sexism/racism/gingerism/whateverism. But in sport, if quotas were imposed the stupidity of the quota system would be exposed when the affected team's performance plummeted. Afterall, if women were good enough to play football at a high enough skill level, I'm sure there'd be women playing in the Premiership by now.

The truth is that despite the high cost of tickets for Premiership games you don't see fans (men and women) deserting their teams and heading of to the nearest bargain-basement female game. Why? Because womens football (or pretty much any sport played by women) simply isn't worth the effort. The sooner women realise that they're not as good as men at such things then the sooner they can concentrate on things that they're actually quite good at and the better off we'll all be.

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comment by Rob (U7927081)

posted Jul 23, 2008

Have to agree with a number of comments on this board. I'm a male, so no doubt i'll be branded a "misogynistic neanderthal", a "sexist", or a myriad of other nonsesical terms.
Sport is about competition.
Competition is about being the BEST.
"it's not the winning, its the taking part that counts"? Are we talking to children? Would you like to patronise women in this way?

Competition is about winning and being the best.
Men almost withoput fail are athletically and physically superior to women IN A SPORTING sense. Live with the facts people, and don't call it sexism.

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posted Jul 23, 2008

When it comes to football, are women going to have to break through the grass ceiling?

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posted Jul 23, 2008

"Women in general havent been playing that long you fools!"

What? that makes very little sense there was a womens tema during the war that toured. In the USA the womens league was argubably stronger than the mens in terms of support but is still rubbish inquality. Also a women proffesional will have played football for just as long as a male. Women are rubbish at football. I don't care if you call me sexist or arrogant its a fact. Why would I support and follow womens football when i'm better than the players.

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comment by Ceej (U12287346)

posted Jul 24, 2008

It's just a biological fact that women, globally, don't like sport as much as men.

Mainly because they lack the competitive spirit that ecompasses most men. As in, I can't even play anyone on the playstation without wanting to seriously beat them - something my girlfriend finds hilarious! If I lose a 5-a-side match, I'm seriously peeved for about a week!

Giving funding to average women athletes, with no chance of winning anything, at the expense of their higher level male counterparts is just plain loony

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posted Jul 24, 2008

The only reason women are being paid the same as men at Wimbledon is because of political pressure, if the event was split so that the mens and womens tournaments were played at different times, you would see a massive difference in pay levels purely because the mens game attracts more money in terms of sponsorship and television revenue at present the mens game is effectively subsidising the womens game at Wimbledon.
In snooker women have their own championship, but are allowed to compete in the mens tournament so far no woman has successfully been able to compete with the men and this is in a sport where strength does not matter.
In football on here it has been said if men didn't have the money and the training they would be on a similar level to the men. Wrong. Men will alway exceed women when it comes to physical ability. The womens World cup is on the level of what you would see at under 16 male game. As for money if women want more in their side of the game then they had better start watching it more, the demographic that sponsors and advertisers are interested in is the 18-34 male age group because that is the age group that watches and spends money.
If you take someone like Paula Radcliffe people in this country support her because she is successful and British not because she is a woman, I mean we don't have many successful British athletes of either gender so when one comes along people get behind them wholeheartedly whether male, female, black, brown, yellow, white or disabled.
Remember the Winter Olympics several years ago when GB's women won gold in the curling, there was massive interest in curling at the time and plenty of men as well as women wanting to take it up so what happened the authorities didn't bother to put any investment in so the enthusiasm died and there is the crux of the matter until government national and local stumps up the money to provide the facilities in their area both men and women will continue to be uninvolved in sport. Australia has more 50m swimming pools in Sydney than in the whole of the UK and this tells you more about the government's attitude to sport than anything else, all it is to them is a publicity gimmick.
Finally as a note to the BBC if the bother to read these messages; The Olympics are coming up very soon put more of the archery and shooting on where we have women who are in with a chance of medals.

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posted Jul 24, 2008

Womens sport CAN be interresting at times but more often that not its never going to compare to mens. I'm sorry but look at Wimbledon, i know some years in the past the womens might have been a better final but this year it was awful. Venus and Serena the two big power players who actually only enter the best tournements so they can rest up compared to other players which is reflected in their ranking and still it was dire. Then look at Nadal v Federer which was argubably the best final ever and two players not all that far off the mighty Sampras. With the women its like there are several players who could win it but with the men its often one man who dominates and is that bit far ahead of a another player or two who might win it and then another cluster behing them who could win it. Rodick for example is a player who never won so far but was good enough just that others were not letting him. Where as muresmo.... I still watch the womens but its way off.

Womens football is awful always will be and if they put women comentators on like the did on match of the day or women refs then it will just spoil it. If men who aren't massive like Howard webb or Pierre luigi collina and skin heads can't handle the players at times with the likes of John Terry touching the refs red card and trying to take it off him or ganging up on the ref like he and Ashley cole do then how can women?? The comentary just isn't the same, i pay my tv fees and subscriptions and i don't want women on the football. Interview etc is fine no issue but not voicing the game.

Atheltics is a big different to the above but again its still never as good.

Come on lets be honest if i offered you tickets to next years womens Wimbledon final or Mens how many would pick the mens?

Bottom line is i hope the womens football becomes a professional league as such like the USA has, i mean what do they know about English football and also the FA should invest a bit more money for the world cups etc so they don't have to worry about their jobs bills etc like they did, good luck to them BUT I WILL NOT be wasting my time with it. Its dull. The goalies look awkward and the shots are most of the time week. Maybe they should use a softer ball or something, like foam or hard foam not leather.

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posted Jul 24, 2008

Paula Radcliffe and successful. Hmmmm, funny that, i remember her being a QUITTER cos she couldn't take the heat of the Athens summer even though she had known for 5 years beforehand what the conditions were going to be like.

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posted Jul 24, 2008

So Y2J thinks Paula Radcliffe is a quitter. The outstanding thing about Paula's marathon career is that she has won every marathon she has entered apart from the Olympics in 2004. This is an outstanding record in an event where the slightest injury or bit of poor health seriously affects performance. It's a measure of her success that we were so surprised with what went on in Athens. Concerning the gender debate, in some years Paula has been the fastest Brit (male or female) over the marathon distance.

If you still think she is a quitter, I suggest you look at the closing stages of Paula's two New York marathon victories where she has been tested head to head and come out on top. Clearly such performances are very easy so I look forward to seeing Y2J match them in the coming months!!

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posted Jul 24, 2008

Sorry to blow a bubble but sport needs women about as badly as a fish needs a bicycle. Same applies to men.

Sport needs participants and gender has nothing to do with that. Supporting women's sport is all and well but in the end it's a question of interest. If women in general are not interested in participating in sport at any level then all the money, TV coverage and quotas in the world are not going to matter.

The resources have to focus on getting women interested in sport in the first place and, no less important, get the women themselves to take responsibility for women's sport. They have to be willing to drive their own sport forward. I've seen women's football in three clubs in two different countries die simply because the men that had driven the clubs forward wanted to focus on the men's game and no woman was willing to take over the day to day running.

If the women themselves don't want to drive women's sport - why should the men care in the least?

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posted Jul 24, 2008

So when are we going to see a campaign for funding to get men into netball?

It is far EASIER for women in most cases. Danica Patrick will earn far more money than most of her male coubterarts even if she never wins a championship.

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comment by samshe (U11287103)

posted Jul 24, 2008

So Y2J thinks Paula Radcliffe is a quitter.


Sorry to bust your bubble, but SHE IS A QUITTER. I say this because SHE QUIT, therefore she is a quitter.

I appreciate her ability, she is arguably the top female long distance runner in the world, no mean feet. However can you imagine a footballer competing in the worlds most prestigous event in his sport (the World Cup Final), just stopping and saying "Sod this for a laugh, I'm knackered? Do you think he would get any sympathy from the public??? NO!!!

The only reason that Paula got sympathy is because she is a woman. I even felt sorry for her, it's horrible to see a woman cry, any man will tell you that.

Onto the broader subject, women will never be as good, or as involved in sport as men. That is because the male body is physically stronger, fitter and is able to withstand higher strain and pressure than a female body. This is fact.
Woman play sport at a handicap, they are banded together because they are not as good as men. In qualifying for the Olympic games, a female athlete will have a lower target time then a male athlete. This is because it is recognised that women are not as good as men.

If women want equal money, coverage etc, then they need to be of equal ability.

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posted Jul 25, 2008

However can you imagine a footballer competing in the worlds most prestigous event in his sport (the World Cup Final), just stopping and saying "Sod this for a laugh...

Isn't this exactly what happened in the the World Cup Final 2006? Zidane decided he had had enough, head butted an opponent (knowing he would be sent off) and then saw his side lose. I seem to recall he was welcomed home by the French president.

If you want to come closer to home we can consider the case of Rio Ferdinand who deliberately missed a drugs test, was suspended for seven or eight months but was kept on by Man Utd with full pay. A lot of football fans complained he had been harshly treated but, in any other sport, the offence he had committed would have resulted in a two year ban. This player is now considered a possible England captain.

On this basis, ffotball fans appear to be especially forgiving of players failings.

Coming back to the main point, I don't disagree that men are stronger than women. However, sport is about competition and as I said above there was just as much pleasure watching Vicky Pendlton win her world titles earlier this year as seeing Chris Hoy achieve the same feat.

Nicole Cooke's dad has written on the cycling board about the effort required to get to the top in women's cycling compared with the men. He obviously has more knoweldge about this than I do but, from memory, his suggestion was that women's cycling was easier than the equivalent male races in the lower echelons of the sport. However at the elite level his view was that the competition was just as fierce and required the same level of committment to training and preparation. Aren't Tanni Grey Thompson's efforts aimed at increasing the female participation in the lower levels of sport thus increasing the standard of competition? If that's the case, shouldn't it be encouraged?

One way of doing that is to celebrate female success in sport thus providing good role models. There are plenty examples in the UK (see my earlier post).

I am lucky in that my two daughters love their sport (football, cross country running and horse riding) as do many of their friends. However there is little encouragement from their all girl school which does not have dedicated playing fields and have recently built over the tennis courts. Meanwhile at the boy's school down the road, sport is celebrated.

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posted Jul 26, 2008

comment by Czechmate (U1749152)
posted 4 Days Ago

"I won't be buying into womens sport just to feel more politically correct."

I agree. The womens world cup was a joke the qulity on display was below mens sunday league. And the worst thing is every time one of the players did someting remotly right as in control a pass everyone would go wooooo did you see what she did that is as good as any man. I'm not against women sports I just don't watch them becuase they are mostly rubbish.

Believe me, I referee sunday league football and I've seen players a lot worse than what was on display at the women's world cup. I've also seen play in the girls' matches that I've refereed that would put some Premiership players to shame- and that was at U15 level.

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comment by samshe (U11287103)

posted Jul 28, 2008


Isn't this exactly what happened in the the World Cup Final 2006? Zidane decided he had had enough, head butted an opponent (knowing he would be sent off) and then saw his side lose. I seem to recall he was welcomed home by the French president.

This point is ludicrous!!! To say that Zidane reacted that way on purpose and with a clear mind and focused judgement just so he wouldnt have to complete the game is laughable. Though wrong he actions were a spur of the moment thing, it happened in a second. Who here hasnt done something stupid in the heat of the moment.


If you want to come closer to home we can consider the case of Rio Ferdinand who deliberately missed a drugs test, was suspended for seven or eight months but was kept on by Man Utd with full pay. A lot of football fans complained he had been harshly treated but, in any other sport, the offence he had committed would have resulted in a two year ban. This player is now considered a possible England captain.

Again, this is a pathetic point. Despite being highly libellous (moderators really should have taken this one down), there is NO evidence that Rio did this deliberately. Also I think you will find that an athlete gets a two year ban for FAILING a drugs test. If they miss one and it is their first offence, little action is taken.

On this basis, ffotball fans appear to be especially forgiving of players failings.

Coming back to the main point, I don't disagree that men are stronger than women. However, sport is about competition and as I said above there was just as much pleasure watching Vicky Pendlton win her world titles earlier this year as seeing Chris Hoy achieve the same feat.

True sport is about5 competing. However people want to see the worlds best competing, not people put in a competition that is inaccessible to the better athletes. Consider football or any other sport that has a tiered league system. People want to watch the Premier League simply becase the exponants of that league posses a far higher degree of skil than the lower leagues. Just like men posses a far higher degree of skill in most sports than women. Any football fan will tell tyou the the English Championship is far more competitive than the Premier League, yet which owuld most rather watch?

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posted Jul 30, 2008

If people wanted to watch women's football/rugby etc then they would go and watch it.

It is nothing to do with equality. Sport is about providing entertainment and people will pay to watch that entertainment.

Top Women footballers will never earn anywhere close to what the top male footballers earn. If they had the same level of skill in football then i could understand it, but watching women's football is probably at a level around non-league in the male version.

Wimbledon is different as more people will pay to watch the women play therefore they should be paid accordingly (however the male version is still the gender in which people want to watch)

I do however agree that there needs to be more things in place to help women's sport move forward. One example was when Charlton got relegated from the Premier League and had to stop their women's team because of the reduced income of the male side.

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posted Jul 31, 2008

Sam

Zidane was one of the most experienced players on the pitch in that World Cup Final. You would expect someone of that calibre should have had more discipline even in the heat of the moment.

Regarding Rio Ferdinand, I don't believe I was libellous. According to the reports at the time, Rio was told he had to attend a drugs test at the end of his training session. At the end of the session he left the ground without taking the test. In any other sport, avoiding a test in this manner counts as a drugs test failure. Hence the reason I said it would have attracted a two year ban.

Missing tests is what Ohurogou was guilty of. On threee occasions, she was not in the location she had told the testers she would be and hence missed the drugs tests. However, unlike Rio she was not aware there was a test to take. I accept it is a fine distinction and in the light if Victor Comte's statements should be tightened up on but that's the rules.

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posted Jul 14, 2009

I believe that greater coverage of womens sport will result in more interest and encourage both participation and live crowds. The womens ashes, despite them winning it, had hardly any coverage compared to the mens. This fact and many others motivated me to setup a petition re BBC sport bradcasting-http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/genderbiasbbc/. If you agree please sign it. Paul

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