WOMEN champions, who won their Asturias Squash tournament categories in Spain, were each awarded a trophy… as well as a sex toy!
Male winners had to make do with a trophy only, but the women were also handed two boxes of depilatory wax, an electric file to exfoliate feet, and a vibrator.
The so-called “prizes” have led to accusations of sexism, and there have already been three resignations from the organising club, which may be dissolved, following this scandal.
The matter is now in the hands of the Asturian Women’s Institute, which is holding an investigation.
“I felt surprise and indignation,” said Elisabet Sadó, among the event winners on Saturday, 11th May, in Las Vegas, Corvera.
At 37, and after more than 15 years of professional competition, Elisabet has been world’s No.1 and a seven-time Spanish champion.
But the shocked squash star told respected El Pais newspaper that she’d put up with far less promotion of her sport than the men for years, and fewer facilities. But she had never received such a gift for her achievements.
She added: “Behaviour like this is the basis of structural machismo, which, in the most serious cases, ends up with murdered women.”
The four prize-winners filed a complaint two days later with the Squash Federation of Asturias, expressing their displeasure at “some sexist and out-of-place gifts”.
The tournament was organised by the Club Squash Oviedo, who admitted in a statement that the gifts “were inappropriate and should never have been delivered”. And they apologised to the players.
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