Just when womens boxing thought it was making progress, it has been dealt a brutal double left jab right cross combo right where it hurts the most – between the legs.
Next year female boxing will make its Olympic debut at the London Games, but celebrations and preparations have been soured by a push by the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) to have the competitors wear skirts in the ring.
I kind of thought if there was one sport you didn’t want to piss off then it’d be boxing and the girls aren’t happy.
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With the FIFA World Cup looming, we’re starting to be bombarded with the usual tired old messages about the world coming together in harmony, yada yada yada. But in reality, only half of humanity is coming together.
Who’s missing? Women, of course. Unlike the Olympics, which also bills itself as a quadrennial love-in for all colours, creeds and nationalities, the FIFA World Cup reserves no place for female competitors. Striking-looking women on the sideline, fine. Strikers on the pitch, not required.
The next FIFA Womens’s World Cup is set down for Germany in 2011. I don’t know if FIFA has a sub-committee governing the women’s game, but if it does, it should be called FIFI, and FIFI should be agitating like a bitch to have future Cups staged concurrently with the men’s event.
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