“It’s not meant to be a slight on women at all”

Some interesting stories involving women and sport in today’s Metro (I know, I know)…

First up, Sir Ian Botham talks about his new book, My Sporting Heroes, and the interviewer asks him why all but one of his heroes are men. Botham replies: “It’s probably because I know more about their sports. It’s not meant to be a slight on women at all. In fact that might be something we look at.”

And he has a point. Women’s sport is under-represented in the media. I’m fascinated by his comment about it being “something we look at”. Will Sir Ian become a campaigner to promote women’s sport? If anyone can do it, he can.

Second, an Olympic athlete whose German national high jump record was declared null in 1936 because she was Jewish has seen it put back into the record books. Margaret Lambert, who was previously called Gretel Bergmann, jumped 2.2m in Stuttgart on June 30th 1936, but it was wiped out a fortnight later. Now the country’s athletic association has restored the record and requested her inclusion in Germany’s sports hall of fame. Lambert is now 95, living in New York, and is delighted. “That’s very nice and I appreciate it,” she’s quoted as saying.

And finally congratulations to Charlotte Edwards, captain of the England cricket team, who picked up her MBE from the Princess Royal yesterday.

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