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On bridging the gender pay gap in sports

 

New Zealand has announced equal pay for both male and female cricketers is a major landmark in the fight to close the gender pay gap in sports.

The agreements are expected to be game-changers, encouraging more girls to take up the sports.

Historically, because of social conditioning men were encouraged to take part in sports. Women, on the other hand, have been forced to internalize that sporting participation and fandom are not for them. The need of the hour is to eliminate such barriers and improve access.

The prime example in India is the success of Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu, who benefited from a reasonably well-structured system, found success and rose to become highly paid stars in their own right.

Reducing the pay gap is also about being fair and respectful, and recognizing the effort and excellence women bring to the sport. 

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