Women power India’s gold quest
gold coast: Commonwealth Games 2018 had an equal number of medals for men and women — 275 sets of medals in all, of which 133 each were presented to men and women. The remaining 9 were presented to the winners of mixed-team events. Some people didn’t like it, and they did have a point: They say that the men’s events are much tougher than the women’s events. For instance, Mary Kom was assured of a medal after winning merely one bout — her boxing division, 49kg, had only 5 contestants. How can Mary Kom be assured of a medal by winning merely one bout, while the men must win at least three bouts to earn a medal, they asked.
For the two genders, there’s no equality in sport; women’s events exist only to protect women, not men. The women’s categories were created to make sure that women too become champions. If only ‘open’ categories existed, there would be no women champions. The differences in the genders, it must be noted, are based on biology and societal roles, apart from physical strength. Plato posited that the genders are equal except for the difference in their physical strengths — just the way male and female dogs, despite a difference in physical strength, are able to do an equal job.
There was a time when all sporting stars were male — the women existed merely to provide moral or logistical sport. If we forget jingoism and flag-waving, the really important role of sport is to create a healthy society which puts a lesser burden on medical facilities. There’s no reason to deny women the opportunity to become heroines; this opportunity was previously available to only men. This has changed over the last few decades, but much needs to be done.