Barcelona slammed on Twitter for alleged discrimination against women’s team

first_imgFC Barcelona faced the wrath of social media, some even alleging discrimination, after it surfaced that their women’s team flew in economy class while the men enjoyed the business class on the same flight.The men and women’s teams of Barcelona were flying out for their first-ever mixed pre-season tour in the United States with both the teams set to train at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon this week.Even as they were seemingly pushing forward women football, they came under immense criticism for putting the women’s team in the economy class.Photograph surfaced on social media where women’s could be seen travelling in the economy class of the flight while the club had earlier posted a photo of the men in business class.Yeah – the men’s team is mostly players from the Barça B men’s team, but the senior women’s team gets Economy!ça Women (@BarcaWomen) July 24, 2018There was a team captains’ photo in Business Class, before the men assumed their Business Class seats & the women returned to their Economy Seats.ça Women (@BarcaWomen) July 24, 2018With the photograph going viral, Barcelona were subjected to immense slamming with Twitter users calling it “totally disgraceful”.Totally disgraceful.Fatima Rosales Naya (@pasmonauta) July 26, 2018two teams, one travels in business class and the other in economy class, but yeah same spirit…Wolf of Camp Nou (@Wolf_CampNou) July 25, 2018The club can surely afford decent seats for everyone?advertisementEl Niko II (@el_nikoII) July 26, 2018SexistSanjeev Adi Maharaj (@Adideva3) July 26, 2018Oh that’s not nice that’s sexual discrimination shame on them!CP Warren (@cpwecho) July 26, 2018However, following the uproar, Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives said the women’s team flew in economy rather than business because they were a late addition to the tour and they had already contracted a charter flight.He said the club deserved more praise for their steps to promote the women’s team and promised that their women’s team will travel first class for the remainder of their US tour.”They travelled comfortably, as they said, and from now they will all travel first class on the internal flights,” he told a news conference.”We should be valued for the steps we have taken in women’s sport. We are working towards equality in many aspects, and we think that generating controversy over an issue like this is merely a way to attack us.”Our Men’s and Women’s teams took center stage Wednesday at @Nike World Headquarters #TheMagiciansOfTheBall Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 26, 2018Maria Teixidor, director of the women’s team, defended the club from what she called cynical criticism.”To all of you who these days decided to criticise the conditions of the women’s team’s trip, I say that Barca asked its female team to travel with its male team so that in the future they can travel in business class on their own plane,” Teixidor wrote in a letter on the club’s official website.”That will be the day we can talk about equality because women’s sport will have the same media coverage, sponsorship deals and fan interest as men’s sport…Two teams, the same [email protected]@FCBFemeniForça Barça!#TheMagiciansOfTheBall Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 25, 2018″Until that day arrives, it would be nice for those who criticise us today could recognise the effort that the club is making today to promote women’s sport. Until then, we ask for less cynicism.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

I’m a definite contender for medal at Asian Games 2018: Tejinder Pal Singh Toor

first_imgTejinder Pal Singh Toor may be a relative newcomer at the international level but the emerging shot put star is confident of doing well in his maiden Asian Games.”I am a sure contender for a medal. Of course, I will aim for gold. That is the biggest prize any athlete strives for. But even if I miss the gold, I am almost certain that I will finish on the podium,” Toor said.”Any medal is valuable, but a gold is a gold,” he added.The tall, burly athlete from Punjab has enough reasons to be confident. The 23-year-old is one of the best proponents of the shot put in Asia and took the silver medal at the continental championships last year.”This will be my first appearance at the Asian Games. But I am totally confident. There is no pressure or nervousness. I am confident of doing well. I am among the best in Asia and it will not be easy to beat me,” Toor asserted.This year, however, has been a difficult one for Toor. He had a poor outing at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, where he ended up at a disappointing eighth position.Toor, however, prefers to look at the bright side and is determined to make amends at the Asian Games.”I faced a lot of disappointment at the Commonwealth Games. But there were a lot of positives as well. The competition there was really tough and the experience will help me a lot in future tournaments. The confidence and self-belief that an athlete gets after competing against such a tough field is really invaluable,” he said.advertisement”The overall standards of the athletes at the Commonwealth Games is higher than the Asian Games. So the experience of competing there a few months before the Asiad will definitely help me a lot,” he added.Unlike several of his peers, Toor opted not to go for a training stint abroad, preferring instead to train at high altitude in Dharamsala.”Practice is going well. I am happy with my preparations. I have shifted my training base to Dharamsala and it has helped me a lot,” he said.”I opted not to train abroad. The climate in Dharamsala is really good and I have trained well over the past few months,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more