While Karishma’s struggle mirrors that of millions of girls worldwide, hers is certainly not a novel one. Since practically the beginning of professional football, pioneering women have been fighting for their rights to gender equality on the pitch.
Oxford University has announced their decision to prohibit travel to and from Oxford for sporting fixtures during the coronavirus pandemic. In response to their announcement, committee members of various non-contact, outdoor sports clubs sent a letter appealing the ban to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Louise Richardson, this morning.
While the clear stratification of men and women’s football is beginning to be rectified at the national level, our sporting institutions and bureaucracies still leave much to be desired in terms of the prestige, wealth, and glory granted to the women’s game.
By the time you’ve added up the world’s more than two hundred leagues with back-of-the-envelope calculations, added all the intentional club competitions in, accounted for the huge aviation consumption of the football business itself and factored in a football-sized chunk of the carbon footprint of the sportswear industry, that’s a carbon footprint the size of another small nation.
The University of Oxford has released a statement confirming that plans to repurpose the sports halls at Iffley Road Sports Centre as teaching spaces have been abandoned. The statement says that the sports halls “are no longer under consideration for potential teaching and academic purposes in Michaelmas term” after the SFEC (Sports Federation Executive Committee) Read More…
When something disrupts the world’s most popular sport, the impact goes way beyond supporters being left bored twice a week. Coronavirus stopped football in its tracks, jeopardising the eco-system that nurtures the livelihoods of thousands of people, both inside the footballing world and its periphery businesses.
As stage 15 of the much-anticipated Tour de France 2020 comes to a close, Mitchell Marshall reflects on the competition thus far and predicts disappointment for Team Ineos after their failure to overcome the challenge of Team Jumbo-Visma.
Regardless of the fact that the final withering of football’s heart appears to be a foregone conclusion, we should hardly take it lying down. Every concession granted to economic and political tyranny should be polemicised against with sharp invective by our media, our bureaucracies, and ourselves.
Surely most of the figures complicit in the corruption behind Qatar’s bid are gone from the sport. What’s the point in raging over closed cases, especially when the Qatari World Cup is so close? One may query. Well, I would answer, FIFA is a very seedy operation and you aren’t thinking big enough.
To date, more than two dozen people and entities have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering in the ongoing investigation. As such, the past twenty years of footballing bureaucracy – and the football that has emerged from it – has an excoriating asterisk next to it in the record books.