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German gymnast Sarah Voss, who has protested against the sexualisation of female athletes, chose to wear a unitard rather than a revealing leotard at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. How Whee Young

Sexism and sport: why body-baring team uniforms are bad for girls and women

For too long uniforms have been designed for the male gaze, leading to women being judged for their aesthetic appeal alongside their athletic talent.
Canada’s Lisa Roman, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski, Christine Roper, Andrea Proske, Susanne Grainger, Madison Mailey, Sydney Payne, Avalon Wasteneys and Kristen Kit celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in women’s eight rowing competition at the Tokyo Olympics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Why women are owning the podium for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics

Canadian women’s success at the Tokyo Games bodes well not only for our future generations of athletes, but for our nation as a whole.
English player Bukayo Saka is comforted by teammates after missing a penalty in the England v Italy final of the 2020 European football championship. REUTERS/Carl Recine

How best can fans support young athletes?

As Team GB prepares to send its youngest Summer Olympian ever to the Tokyo 2021 Games, fans need to remember what being a young athlete in the public eye takes
Phil Mickleson uses a rangefinder at the PGA Championship golf tournament. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

How far away are professional golfers from accepting rangefinders in competition?

How psychological factors may have influenced the opinions about the use of rangefinders during the 2021 PGA championships.
On the occasion of a 2011 match between Portugal and Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi (right) show off a pair of high-end watches. The riches have only continued to flow in. Fanny Schertzer/Wikipedia

Top football stars: famous because they’re rich, or rich because they’re famous?

A new study explores the how the celebrity and status of professional footballers in the “Big Five” European leagues can affect both performance and pay.
Brazilian football star Pele getting the COVID vaccine in Sao Paulo. Advice of Pele/Handout/EPA

From Elvis to Dolly, celebrity endorsements might be the key to countering vaccine hesitancy

From Queen Elizabeth to Willie Nelson, celebrities have long used their platforms to promote public health information. Why do people trust celebrities for health advice more than the government?
Over 5,000 student-athletes were directly affected by a recent wave of shutdowns of intercollegiate sports teams. Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Colleges are eliminating sports teams – and runners and golfers are paying more of a price than football or basketball players

Shutting down sports teams can save schools millions of dollars but create longer-term challenges for enrollment, fundraising and campus life.

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