Female squash stars furious after getting vibrators as tournament prize
A group of champion squash players have called the Spanish tournament they won sexist after receiving vibrators as prizes.
The incident happened after 2019 Asturias Squash Championship winner Elisabet Sado Garriga received her award along with runner-up Olaya Fernandez Lence.
Third place winner Marina Arraiza Mier and fourth place winner Cristina Barandica Fernandez also received gifts. Prizes for the four included a “Pure Fantasy” vibrator from Durex, a hair removal kit and an electronic exfoliator for their feet.
The vibrator is marketed as a “stylish personal stimulator designed to give you sensual pleasure”. The winners are said to have filed a complaint with the country’s squash federation for sexism and discrimination.
Local radio show “Ganamos Con Ellas” (“We win with women”) posted a photo of the awards, describing them as “degrading, shocking, harmful, inconceivable but sadly real”.
He added that the organizers had “exceeded all limits”.
The Oviedo squash club, which organized the tournament, issued a statement saying it regretted that the players “feel aggrieved by the prizes”. He apologized for the incident and added: ‘At no time was this done from a gender perspective.
The squash club at the center of the scandal has also decided not to hold any more events this year. The Royal Spanish Squash Federation forwarded the complaint to the Asturian Women’s Institute to open an investigation.
Three people involved in the organization of the tournament have reportedly resigned.
Squash federation spokeswoman Maribel Toyos said they were only responsible for providing the trophies, not the prizes, adding that what happened was “shameful”.
“It’s the height of sexism. We had no idea women were going to get these gifts,” Toyos said. “It makes no sense for the club to apologize but at the same time say the gifts are not sexist.”