Sports and Gender

Sports have always been a sexual battleground. The issue of gender and the representation of the biological difference between sexes has long been central to our perceptions of sports in society. The award representation of sport has been blocked on various levels throughout the history of the contemporary sporting practice. Whether as athlete’s coaches, administrators of eve’s elite players, women have found it difficult to establish the right and recognition of their place in the sporting world.

Indian Women honored with Padma awards

Three Indian women sports personalities have so far been awarded Padma Bhushan. Most of prestigious Padma Shri award have gone to athletics, Badminton and Cricket. M.C Mary kom (Boxing), Saina Nehwal (Badminton) and Sania Mirza (Tennis) were conferred with both the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The first sportswomen to get Padma Bhushan was the eve pugilist M.C Mary Kom in 2013, who won the five-time world boxing titles. The first female to receive the coveted Padma Shri award was athlete Kamaljit Sandhu in 1971. She won 400m in 57.3 seconds at the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1970.

Awarded the Padma Bhushan (Women)

S.No. Name Sports Year
1 Saina Nehwal Badminton 2016
2 M.C, Mary Kom Boxing 2013
3 Sania Mirza Tennis 2016

Author – S.K.Lau

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