The role of women in sport


There is still a belief that the world of sport is considered to be the world of male values. Sport has always meant competition, struggle with yourself and with the rival, overcoming of difficulties, courage, even aggression, the cult of reaching the limit of physical capacity. All of these things are still associated only with “masculine” qualities. What does remain for women? Weakness, compliance, unwillingness to conflict, the desire to enjoy the process, but not the result. Is it really so?

In modern world, women have the same rights as men. This also applies to sports, and there is even no question – why women can not do this! Moreover, for its relatively small history, women’s sport is rapidly gaining momentum. Just think – originally their results lagged behind the results of men by twenty percent and more, today women cut the index in half. There were even cases where women have shown their superiority over men in some sports!

Let us remember for example one of the hardest marathons in the world of sports “Badwater”. Two fragile women ran more than 217 kilometers uphill under the July sun of California. The first is Irina Reutovich, master of sports in mountaineering from Kaliningrad. Then, in 2000, she was fifty years old. The second – American, Pam Reed (twice – in 2002 and 2003). Twenty-nine hours of run – this is not a joke.

This is not to mention the sports like freestyle wrestling, boxing and equestrian, where Anky van Grunsven from the Netherlands three times succeeded (in 2000, 2004, 2008) to defeat the opponents of both sexes at the Olympics).

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