MENSTRUATION – The Chinese player, Quinwen Zheng, began to lift the taboo on the rules in sport last May, explaining her defeat at Roland-Garros in the round of 16 by her menstrual pain. Two months later, it is the turn of British sportswomen to put the subject back on the table, by evoking the compulsory wearing of white sportswear in certain competitions.
“I think getting your period during the tournament is hard enough, but wearing white on top of that isn’t easy,” tennis player Alicia Barnett told the media. Sky News on July 4, while participating in the Wimbledon tournament in the United Kingdom.
An opinion shared by the English football team, whose striker Beth Mead confirmed to the Telegraph that the “Three Lionesses” had entered into discussions with their equipment supplier Nike to change the color of their shorts, which are now white.
“It is not practical”
“I think that certain traditions could be modified”, indeed put forward Alicia Barnett with Sky Newsexplaining, however, “adore” this tradition of “all-white”. “I’m a strong women’s rights activist and I think this discussion is just amazing, that people are talking about it now,” she continued.
“It’s nice to have an all-white ensemble but sometimes it’s not practical when it’s the time of the month [les règles]. We are coping with it as best we can,” added Beth Mead. “It’s something that we traced back to Nike,” she then added of the England women’s football team.
Midfielder Goergia Stanway said it could be “difficult because we associate England with white”. For Alicia Barnett, if the outfits remain white at Wimbledon, “girls [pourront] the supporter. We are quite resilient when it comes to doing that”.
“It’s hard to find the motivation to play”
“During the pre-qualifying matches, I had my period and the first few days were really heavy, which stressed me out a bit,” Alicia Barnett continued. For the British tennis player, it has “definitely” affected her playing ability.
“Obviously you’re trying to play world-class tennis, but it’s really tough when you’re in PMS and you’re feeling bloated and tired,” she explained. To the British media, she illustrates: “Your body feels more loose, your tendons too, sometimes you feel much more tired, sometimes your coordination is lacking. Me, I feel really depressed and it’s difficult to find the motivation to play”.
A testimony that resonates with that of Qinwen Zheng. The Chinese tennis player had said that at Roland-Garros “the more the match progressed, the more I had stomach pains. I wanted to fight, I really wanted to but I no longer had the strength”. “Why should we be embarrassed to talk about it? I know that men don’t have a lot to talk about a lot of things”, concluded Alicia Barnett, by way of a reminder.
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