Crossing Boundaries and Changing Identities: Empowering South Asian Women through Sport and Physical Activities

Samantha Nanayakkara
  • The International Journal of the History of Sport, September 2012, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2012.707649

South Asian women and Sport

What is it about?

The overarching aim of this article is to provide a critical sociological interpretation of what is happening in South Asian societies since the past, in terms of women’s participation in sport. The significance of this article lies in its innovative ability to present the issues of complementarities and conflict across South Asian women’s participation in sport. This article will critically examine the contemporary issues and cultural-religious systems associated with South Asian women’s sport

Why is it important?

This article has potential to provide societal benefits through improved sport and gender issues. It will demonstrate the International Olympic Committee’s idea of combining sport for human development, which is a timely and relevant concept for any contemporary society. It will also reveal possible ways to remedy gender imbalances in South Asian society and this is one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

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