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Fit is a Feminist Issue Friday Link Round Up, #108: Women, Sports, and Injustice

  1. I want to run farther’: 8-year-old wants boys and girls to run the same race length

“People don’t know that girls can run the same distance as boys,” says Morris when asked why she thinks there is a discrepancy between the distances.

Now, Morris and her mother Kristin Pardy-Morris are asking School Sports NL to change those rules so that boys and girls of the same age are running the same distances in competitions.”

See Martha Muzychka’s And why is that? Questioning old assumptions about girls and sports

and this blog’s post from 2015 (!) Why do girls run shorter distances than boys in cross country?.

2. Basketball trailblazer denied Canadian permanent residency, must return to U.S

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, the trailblazing basketball player who set up an academy for girls and coached multiple sports at an Islamic school in London, Ont., has been denied permanent residency in Canada and will have to go back to the United States. 

3. Afghan Women Will Be Banned From Playing Sports, A Taliban Official Says

“The newly installed Taliban regime will forbid Afghan women from playing cricket and other sports where their bodies might be seen, a senior official told Australian public broadcaster SBS.

“I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket,” said Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, according to a translation by SBS.

Afghanistan has a national women’s cricket team — but its status has been thrown into question along with every other woman in the country after the Taliban ousted the U.S.-backed government. Female athletes who once aspired to competing at the international level have resorted to hiding or attempting to flee the country.”

And some good news,

4. Kansas City to get 1st stadium in U.S. for women’s sports

“The owners of Kansas City’s professional women’s soccer team announced Tuesday they plan to build a $70 million US stadium for the team.

The stadium for Kansas City NWSL will be the first built in the United States specifically for a women’s soccer team.”

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