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Battle of the sexes rages on unabated

Women boxers have claimed an early victory at the 2012 Olympics by knocking out the last all-male sport but the battle for sex equality at the Games rages on, and not just among women - male synchronised swimmers are also demanding equal rights.

india Updated: Jul 06, 2012 13:07 IST

Women boxers have claimed an early victory at the 2012 Olympics by knocking out the last all-male sport but the battle for sex equality at the Games rages on, and not just among women - male synchronised swimmers are also demanding equal rights.

London marks the first Olympics where women will compete in all 26 sports on offer, a major change from Stockholm 100 years ago when women could only participate in five of the 110 events. Campaigners for gender equality stress the battle is far from over and the Games must reflect the dominant beliefs and values of society. At London, women are competing in 30 fewer events than men. A total of 162 gold medals are up for grabs for male competitors, while women can win only 132.

Annie Sugier, spokeswoman for the French coordination for the European Women's Lobby, said several women's groups were planning to hold a demonstration in London on July 25 to put seven demands to the IOC. "The objective of the Olympics is to build a better world through sport but the reality is that we still have all the stereotypes, discrimination, and prostitution around the Games," Sugier said.

"The Olympics is the right place to enforce change as there is just one law for all."