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Yet Again Sportswomen are Not Being Paid As Much As Their Male Counterparts!!

The gender wage gap is real!

Forbes Magazine recently published their annual report of the highest paid sports personalities. The list boasts of top athletes and well-known sportsmen, including India’s Virat Kohli. But there’s also something else that’s missing from the list – sportswomen. The list, albeit gender neutral, does not feature a single sportswoman because of the evident wage gap plaguing the field. The list has a total of 100 players named.

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather claimed the top spot by a huge margin, raking in $285 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. Even someone like Tennis player Serena Williams, who made it to the list last year, couldn’t feature this time owing to her pregnancy.

Virat Kohli is yet again the sole cricketer on the list minting $24 million largely due to endorsement deals.

On Women’s Day in March this year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced new contracts for its players and a revised salary structure. The newly introduced tier has five names and contains all male players. The worst part is, female cricketers were being paid far lesser. While the male players in Grade C category earn Rs 1 crore per annum, the female players – even after being in Grade A – are restricted to just Rs 50 lakhs.

Incidentally, women cricketers had it worse earlier. Grade A retainer fee increased from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 50 lakh each, Grade B from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 30 lakh each, while Grade C is now for Rs 10 lakh each.


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