Gender Discrimination in Sports in Light of the Law and Public Policy in India: How to Tackle the Issues and Myths Surrounding Gender with a Special Reference to the Olympics Agenda 2020
Posted: 25 Jan 2017
Date Written: January 23, 2017
Gender albeit for all the wrong reasons has been at the forefront of debate in the modern world. The pathogen of gender segregation has been deep rooted among the ethnical divisions of the international community. There are no merits for such segregation in the light of the effervescent concept of ‘Equality’ that has been adopted by all the forward thinking nations of the world. Sports for centuries have largely undermined the role of women and thus has been mostly unsuccessful in breaking the stereotypes regarding gender in the society. The perception of women in sports has transformed from horrific to stable in the past century and their presence can now be felt from the Olympic turf to the Administrative chairs. Even though these changes are visible, they are limited and the stereotypical nexus between women and weakness still remains. The 206 member committees strong Olympic Movement spearheaded the crusade against gender equity for years, a feature clearly evident from the women participation and inclusion of events for women in the Olympic Games. In India, the discrimination is rampant and is often on the lines of ‘masculinity’, ‘male supremacy’ and ‘physiological attributes’. Even though “Women’s sport is an expression of the right to equality and the freedom of all women to take control of their bodies and participate in sports publicly, regardless of nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion”, India has little or no regulations mandating the gender neutral spaces in the field of sports and this has critically imbalanced the growth and development of women in sport. Amateur athletes from a very tender age are subjected to the misogynistic views of the authoritative paternalism due to which they have to forego the opportunity to succeed further in the sport. Furthermore, dalit women and indigenous tribes face racial vilification which is creating an impediment for their participation even though a lot of policies exist for the protection of their rights. The study is an effort to break the myths regarding women participation in sports and to act as a catalyst for the betterment of the law and policy structure governing free and equal participation.
Keywords: Gender, Segregation, Olympics, Women
JEL Classification: K39
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