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Review sports industry to ensure gender equality, says MP
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KUALA LUMPUR: The youth and sports ministry should review and amend the Sports Development Act 1997 to deal more fairly with women in the sports industry, said P Prabakaran (PH-Batu) today.

He said women were usually discriminated against when it came to sports, whether they were amateurs or professionals, adding that this was particularly observable in the lack of attention on females in the national sports structure.

Prabakaran told the Dewan Rakyat that female athletes also struggled with issues of limited sponsors and rewards for performing well, compared to male sportsmen.

He said women also faced greater difficulty working in the sports industry, and female sports teams received less media coverage compared to men’s teams.

“Our men’s football team gets more attention than the women’s football team. The same goes for futsal, athletics, and others. So I want to ask the youth and sports ministry, what measures will be taken to overcome this?

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