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Scottish slalom rider Charlie Guest criticizes the FIS.

Were women disadvantaged at the Junior World Ski Championships?

The Junior Ski World Championships took place in France in the last few days. Although the British Charlie Guest did not take part, she sharply criticized the World Ski Federation FIS. It's about the disadvantages faced by young women skiers.

“Dear FIS,” technology specialist Charlie Guest begins her open letter to the powerful world ski association. What then follows are words of criticism. At the Junior World Championships, all ski races were broadcast live on TV - except for two women's technical races. The slalom and giant slalom could not be watched live on television. A scandal for Guest, because the world championship races for male juniors were broadcast.


The 30-year-old Scottish woman then put forward three theses: Female athletes are not valued. Female athletes don't deserve the spotlight. No matter how great your skill, determination and dedication, your career and results are irrelevant and unimportant.

In fact, the FIS responded to the allegations and admitted mistakes. The association wrote that non-transmission was not consistent with the “FIS values ​​of equal opportunities and gender balance” and that greater efforts should have been made to ensure that women and men have equal opportunities. Guest feedback should be taken as a reminder.

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