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In the context of Indian cricket’s latest announcement on equal match fees for women, Shivani Naik, in her article for The Indian Expresswrites how badminton surpassed the pay equity cap a long time ago.
She writes: “Badminton has always had equal pay… The last decade, dubbed the golden generation of women’s singles – of which PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were a part and where Chinese dominance was reduced by commuters from all over the world, where the Crowds thronged stadiums to watch Tai Tzu Ying, Ratchanok Intanon, Carolina Marin, Nozomi Okuhara, Chen Yufei, Akane Yamaguchi and An Se Young play – further accentuated the belief in true parity in women’s sport.
However, pointing out the difference in base retention in Indian cricket for example, Naik says: “That is why ‘equal pay’ – although admirable in intent and a good start – cannot be the goal pursued by women’s sport, even if getting there seems ambitious.
She concludes: “Women’s sport shouldn’t have to struggle to achieve pay parity. Or what masquerades as the well-written press release on pay equity. If you’ve seen badminton players fill stadiums all these years, you’d know that women’s sport, in a world in search of role models, has been a commercial failure. Pay equity does not even begin to describe flamboyant ambition.