Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Call for more women's sports on TV

GB fencer Claire Bennett, right, bowls a ball to Olympic boxer and Us Girls president Nicola Adams during a visit to the House of Commons

Boxing champion Nicola Adams has called for more to be done to improve coverage of women's sports on television.

The Olympic gold medallist said the Olympics had boosted female participation in the sport because matches were broadcast regularly.

Adams, who is president of charity Us Girls, was at Parliament to mark the two-year anniversary of its campaign to encourage more girls to take part in sport.

Asked if BBC presenter John Inverdale should be sacked over his comments about Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli, she replied: "I can't really say, I'm sure they'll be looking into that and it will be up to their board to make decisions."

Adams said attitudes were changing towards women in sport and insisted "things are getting better all the time".

"But I think a bit more needs to be done," she added.

She said: "A lot of girls don't get to see a lot of women's sport on TV and I think the Games really showed how many girls take part in sport... and do really well and succeed and win golds.

"We definitely need to see a lot more women's sport on TV," she added.

"Just people being able to see women's boxing at the Games has increased participation massively. If it was on TV on a day-to-day basis, just think of how many more people would have involvement in sport."

Us Girls has got 34,000 young women from disadvantaged areas in England involved in sport since it was set up.

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