Ng On-Yee is training hard to prepare herself for the men’s world championship qualifiers this month in Sheffield. The Hong Kong native looks to become only the second woman in history to qualify for the men’s open main draw.
Her quest for this has brought up the debate of gender equality within sport, because really, there should be no reason why there’s a difference whether you’re playing a male or female in a sport like snooker.
In snooker, no matter your sex, age or physical capabilities, the game is played on an even playing field. There’s no advantage either way of being a male to a female, so why is it that just two females have ever entered the male competitions?
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The way that it should be looked at is that in this day and age there is no need for a ‘men’s’ and ‘women’s’ world championship, it should just be ‘the world championships’. This straight away eliminates the ideology behind sexism and gender equality.
We live in a society now where we believe that woman can do just as well, or even better than men, so they should be competing in tournaments against them.
Now, I’m not saying women should be just put in the tournament, but if they are good enough then they should be granted entry into it. There is no need for a women’s and men’s draw because we are the same.
The world championships of snooker should be commended for allowing Ng the opportunity to qualify and other non-contact sports should follow suit with letting woman qualify for the men’s draw.
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