Talk football, not twerking
Sexism is alive and kicking, more so in sports. And the Ballon d’or awards ceremony on 3 December was a stark reminder. Host Martin Solveig had the chance to ask one question to the first recipient of the women’s Ballon d’or award, Ada Hegerberg, and all he could manage was: “Do you know how to twerk?”
It can’t pass as a joke, as tennis player Andy Murray has rightly tweeted: “…to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke…it wasn’t. I’ve been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal.”
From Serena Williams to Mithali Raj, female athletes over the decades and across sports have worked extra hard just to earn similar recognition as their male counterparts. At 23, the Lyon and Norway striker has scored nearly 300 goals. She also has a hat-trick of Champions League trophies.
As the first female recipient of the prestigious Ballon d’or, it was Hegerberg’s moment of glory, overshadowed by a misogynist’s arrogance. —PKS
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