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Female Sports Tournament Winner Gets Vibrator As Prize

Female squash players have slammed tournament organisers for 'sexist' prizes awarded to winners.

The winner of the Asturias Squash Championship in Spain Elisabet Sadó was awarded a trophy and a vibrator for her win.

Women who placed second, third and fourth were given other bizarre prizes including waxing kits and electronic foot files.

Participants in the Championship wrote to the event organisers at Club Squash Oviedo to complain about the poor taste in prizes. Their complaints resulted in resignations from the club according to the BBC.

"We were very surprised, very shocked. We think it's very sexist," Sadó told the BBC.

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Squash Tournament Prize
The trophies and prizes given to winners of the tournament. Photo: Facebook/Ganamos con ellas.

Spain's squash federation helped the women file the complaint against the club. The winners sent the prizes back along with their letter expressing their outrage at the gifts.

An image of the trophies and prizes was shared by local radio show ‘Ganamos Con Ellas’ (We Win With Women) on Facebook. The prizes were described as “degrading, shocking, harmful, inconceivable but sadly real” in the post.

The radio show also said they received a statement from the director of Club Squash Oviedo, apologising for the gifts.

"... apologies to the signatory players of the complaint and regrets that they have felt aggrieved by the gifts delivered," the statement said.

The statement ended by saying "from our club we defend equality in sport in all areas and in particular women's sport, fundamental to the development and continuity of squash in the region".

The Facebook post has attracted over 200 comments, mainly from users discussing their shock at the prizes.

Elisabet Sado
Tournament winner Elisabet Sadó (right) with her trophy after winning the squash event. Photo: Facebook/Gonzalo Irazoqui.

"I don't get it... what does squash have to do with masturbation?" one user said.

"Seriously... what country do we live in?" another commented.

One woman expressed her disappointment that sexism is still part of sporting culture and wider society.

"Too bad that there is still so much sexism in modern societies," she wrote.

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It's not yet clear if the winners will be issued with a replacement prize for their achievements during the tournament.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au