India’s sports awards have a palpable gender bias
Gender bias in promoting sporting talent might be holding back India's performance on the big stage
P.V. Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar were conferred with the country’s highest sports award—Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna—after their performances in the Rio Olympics. Of the four sportspersons who got the award this year, three are women, and for valid reasons. While the success of these women might have been too obvious to ignore, an analysis of sports awards in India shows that women have lagged behind men by a large margin when it comes to getting government conferred sports awards.
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