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What is hindering Chinese women from participating in combat sports?

Authors
  • Li, Yike1
  • Li, Hansen1
  • Li, Dongchen1
  • Zhang, Xing2
  • Wang, Zhenhuan3
  • Green, Thomas4
  • Zhang, Guodong1, 5
  • 1 Institute of Sport Science, College of Physical Education, Southwest University, Chongqing , (China)
  • 2 Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Granada, Granada , (Spain)
  • 3 Institute for Health and Sport (iHeS), Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC , (Australia)
  • 4 Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX , (United States)
  • 5 International College, Krirk University, Bangkok , (Thailand)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
Publisher
Frontiers Media S.A.
Publication Date
Mar 28, 2024
Volume
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fspor.2024.1381895
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Sports and Active Living
  • Perspective
License
Green

Abstract

With the awakening of female consciousness, women's participation in sports has gradually gained autonomy and agency. However, Chinese women still face numerous restrictions in combat sports, hindering the development of this industry. Based on years of practice and research experience in the field, we summarize some general and specific issues, such as stigmatization and the constraints of traditional Chinese thinking. These issues need attention and consideration in the pursuit of gender equality in sports in the future.

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