Not taking away the fact that we came across some of the most beautiful sporting moments, it seems like a relentless wave of controversy, scandal, even retributions followed us in the World of Sports in 2018. While a young Naomi Osaka became the first Grand Slam winner from Japan, female athletes continued to break barriers in India as well with Star Sprinter Hima Das becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships, in Tampere, Finland. As we come to a close of 2018, here is a look at some of the controversies which took the world of sports by storm:
Mithali Raj vs Ramesh Powar
Mithali Raj vs Ramesh Powar controversy, flooded our Twitter timelines when she was excluded from the playing XI team of the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-final against England last month. India went on to lose the match by nine wickets. Raj lashed out at Edulji and coach Ramesh Powar in a letter to the BCCI, which was leaked in the media, where she accused Edulji of bias and Powar of humiliating her.
I'm deeply saddened & hurt by the aspersions cast on me. My commitment to the game & 20yrs of playing for my country.The hard work, sweat, in vain.
Today, my patriotism doubted, my skill set questioned & all the mud slinging- it's the darkest day of my life. May god give strength
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) November 29, 2018
#MeToo: Rahul Johri accused of Sexual harassment
In late October, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had been accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous woman who sent a complaint to CoA member Diana Edulji. Amidst the #MeToo storm across the country, an independent three-member panel was assigned the responsibility of getting a conclusion into the matter. Johri was cleared of the charge even though the CoA remained split.w
Rape charges on Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo was accused of raping a US-based former model Kathryn Mayorga (34) in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. As per reports, she filed a lawsuit for the same. The scandal took the world of sports by storm as this was just before he had won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, and was seeking a move to Juventus over the summer. The footballer’s lawyers, however, termed what happened between the two as ‘consensual’.
US Open 2018: Serena Wiliams’ spat with the referee
Japan’s Naomi Osaka – a 20-year-old tennis player – became Japan’s first Grand Slam singles champion (male or female) by thrashing her idol, Serena Williams. The match, grabbed the spotlight for the American tennis star’s spat with the referee over Serena seeking tips from her coach during the match. The referee Carlos Ramos penalised Serena. And, the player went on to accuse him of sexism.
The First Female Ballon d’Or Ada Hegerberg’s ‘Twerk Scandal
Sports fans cheered at the announcement of the first Women’s Ballon d’Or award as Ada Hegerberg bagged the best women’s soccer player in the world. But on stage, while receiving the award she was asked if she knows how to twerk by presenter by Martin Solveig which sparked off a controversy. Solveig later apologised to Hegerberg clarifying that he only meant it as a joke. Expressing his disappointment Tennis star Andy Murray commented on the controversy, calling it ‘unreal’.
Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg, first female Ballon D'Or winner after scoring over 250 career goals at the age 23, asked to twerk on stage in front of footballing giants and the public watching. Disgusting and really ruined her moment she deserved. Poor. pic.twitter.com/FSz0ozz2T4
— Seán Walker (@SeanWalkerSport) December 3, 2018
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