A sporting chance

In May, Claire Polosak of Australia  became the first woman umpire to officiate in a men’s One Day International and India’s G S Lakshmi became the first woman to be appointed to the International Cricket Council’s panel of match referees. For a sport that has long been considered aggressively male-oriented, shading into outright sexism in the way women TV anchors are presented, this month, then, marks a great leap forward for women in sport. But both appointments, however encouraging, only serve to underline the deep-seated gender prejudice that lies at the heart of the.....

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