Gender Equality in Sports
What is "Gender Discrimination"?
In our daily lives, it is a doubtless fact that some of us feel domination of men and inability of women. Nevertheless, most of us familiar with the strict rules for women and men about what we can do and what is in our genders power. Woman is a creature who is naïve, weak and at the same time exquisite and men are strong, dominant. However, what gives us power? Our gender or our capabilities? Why do we have to obey absolute rules? Why can’t we just be happy about our work, life decisions, actions and try to be ourselves without borders of gender discrimination? All of the humanity experiences discrimination at least one time, but most of us incur with discrimination of gender. Not only women, but also men are the victims of gender discrimination. Women deal with gender discrimination in education life, traffic, workplaces, relationship, marriage, and men in child custody, income, war, murder, court bias and violence attempts. Nevertheless, there is a hope for creation new community who will break all these stereotypes. There are women who work as a taxi driver, blacksmith and men who work for beauty products or hairdresser. In plenty of families, women are breadwinner of the house, when men are dealing with housework without thinking about their muscularity.
Gender Equality in Sports
Many work fields abolished gender discrimination factor, both for women and men. As an example, we can mention the name of many sport activities. Tennis, basketball, MMA, volleyball, gymnastics and so on are open for talented players from each gender. Here is the list of male and female athletes that proved themselves against gender factor;
Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, #93 on The Best Athletes of All Time, Olympic medalist with career 5 Grand Slam titles. Russian athlete became the world No. 1 for the first time at the age of 18, on August 22, 2005. She is one of ten women, to hold the career of Grand Slam. Maria became world No. 1 in singles by the WTA, won WTA Tour Award for “Most Impressive Newcomer” “Most Improved Player” and “Player of the Year”, ESPY Award for “Best Female Tennis Player”. In 2018, Sharapova started a new programme for counsel women entrepreneurs.
Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player, who is No. 1 in men's singles tennis and have 20 Grand Slam singles titles, one of eight men to have captured a career Grand Slam. He became "Sportsman of the Year" by Laureus Awards, winner of Sportsmanship Award, ATP Awards- "Player of the Year", and BBC Overseas Sports for "Personality of the Year".
First American woman who earned an Olympic medal in judo was American professional wrestler Ronda Rousey. She is former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, and won six Ultimate Fighting Championship. In 2015, Rousey became “Best Female Athlete Ever”. She own awards of ESPY for “Best Fighter" " Sportswoman of the Year" and World MMA Awards for "Female Fighter of the Year".
Georges St-Pierre is French-Canadian mixed martial artist and former "Middleweight Champion" of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, multi-division champion. He became #1 welterweight in the world for several years. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 he was named the "Canadian Athlete of the Year". St-Pierre held the record for most wins in title bouts and the second longest combined title streak in UFC history.
Azerbaijani sabre fencer Sabina Mikina represented Azerbaijan at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Young athlete participated in Austria at the World Junior Championships in 2005 and In 2012 Summer Olympic Games. She was one of the sportswomen in 2015 European Olympic Games.
Former Azerbaijani fencer Andrey Alshan is six-time world champion and two-time USSR champion. Winner of "Drujba-84“championship, Alshan won silver medal in the team sabre event at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Right now, he is the international judge.
In 2016 Olympic she became individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist and part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the "Final Five" at the 2016 Summer Olympics. American artistic gymnast is the sixth woman to have won an individual all-around title at- World Championships and the Olympic Games. She owns three-time world all-around champion, three-time world floor champion, two-time world balance beam champion title. Right now Biles known as “GREATEST GYMNAST EVER”
Seven-time Olympic medalist and 19-time World medalist, Japanese artistic gymnast Kōhei Uchimura, is first gymnast (male or female) to win every major all-around title in a single Olympic cycle. He was named “GREATEST GYMNAST OF ALL TIME”.
What about in Azerbaijan?
What about our county? Do we have enough equality for men and women in sport fields? Can men and women be busy with sports that is suitable for opposite of their genders?
According to Azerbaijan Fight Club, more than five women are busy with MMA and more than 30 women with other sports fields.
Judge coach of kid groups in Muatay sportsfield, Gunel Huseynli said that the type of sport in which women are also the majority in the world, is not so famous in our country, but there are women with success in Azerbaijan by this field.
Gunel Huseynli, on the left
International Sport Competitions are not only harmony of diverse countries, but also genders. Our country breaks the boundaries gradually. There were times when participation in competitions for women was prohibited in Olympic Games, but now there are thousands of women athletes with gold, silver, bronze medals. I hope other work fields will show tolerance to people not to their genders.
Ayten ALI AZERLI