More than 80 per cent of sports now pay equal prize money


The gender prize money gap in sport is narrowing, according to a BBC Sport Study.

83 per cent of sports now award both genders the same prize money, in a study commissioned for Women’s Sport Week.

Of the 44 sports that pay prize money, 35 pay equal amounts to men and women.

BBC took into account the prize money for world championships and events of a similar nature, not including wages, bonuses and sponsorship.

The study revealed that golf, football and cricket feature the biggest gap for prize money, but this has narrowed significantly in the last three years.

Ski jumping, darts and snooker also don’t reward both genders equally.

BBC’s study was first conducted in 2014 and the results concluded that 30 per cent of sports gave men more prize money.

Tennis tournament, the US Open was the first sport to pay equal prize money, back in 1973.

By 2004, volleyball, shooting, athletics and skating had offered up equal prize money. Since then, 12 more sports were added to the list.

In equestrian events, men and women compete alongside one another. Men do not take part in syncronised swimming at the highest level, and women do not compete in the winter sport nordic combined.

However, the gap between prize money awarded to female and male football players is still substantial.

Real Madrid received £13.5 million for their Champions League win over Juventus this month,  while in the Women’s Champions League final, Lyon received £219,920 for their win against Paris St-Germain.

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