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The German gymnastics team at the Tokyo Olympics wore full-legged unitards that went down to their ankles, eschewing the traditional bikini cut that ends high on the hip. The athletes said they were trying to combat the sexualization of young women and girls in their sport, which is trying to recover from a decades-long sexual abuse scandal. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Tokyo Olympics are billed as the first gender equal Games, but women still lack opportunities in sport

The Tokyo Olympic Games are being called the most gender-equal Games ever — but does that label hold up under scrutiny?
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.
The decision by World Rugby to ban trans players from participating in women’s events is another setback for transgender athletes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

World Rugby’s ban on trans players has nothing to do with so-called ‘fairness’

If “fairness” is why trans players have been banned by World Rugby, then sport bodies need to realize many athletes have an unfair advantage because of issues like class and cultural backgrounds.
The U.S. women’s soccer team celebrates with the trophy after winning the World Cup final. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

How big brands could solve the gender pay gap in sport

Women’s sports have been stuck in a boom-and-bust cycle for the past 20 years. It’s time to start a new narrative.
Caster Semenya is legally female, was from birth raised as female and identifies as a female. Jon Connell on flickr

Ten ethical flaws in the Caster Semenya decision on intersex in sport

Athlete Caster Semenya will need to take hormone-lowering agents, or have surgery, if she wishes to continue her career in her chosen events. But the decision to ban her is flawed on many grounds.
South Africa’s Caster Semenya in the moments before the women’s 800-meter final during the Diamond League athletics event in Doha, Qatar on May 3. The world champion easily won the race, but her future remains in doubt. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

The demonization of Caster Semenya continues

The great South African runner Caster Semenya may have competed in her last 800-metre race. She has been demonized for more than a decade, like many other female athletes before her.
Markham Thunder players celebrate winning the 2018 Clarkson Cup final as champions of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The CWHL has announced it will cease operations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan

The death of the CWHL presents a new opportunity for women’s professional hockey

When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced it was folding, it was seen as a setback for women’s hockey. But history suggests the death of one hockey league leads to new opportunities.
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Trust Me, I’m An Expert: What is sport worth?

The value of sport. The Conversation45.1 MB (download)
As we reach the World Cup's halfway point, we're asking: what is sport worth? On today's episode, we explore the money and diplomatic power plays lingering behind the scenes of every big tournament.

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