Women and sport in Sri Lanka

Lilamani de Soysa, D.L.I.H.K. Peiris, Shiromi De Alwis

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This chapter provides a brief overview of Sri Lanka - the country, its geographical location and demographics - interwoven with stories of women’s sport. It describes how various forms of sport (recreational and competitive) were being used by women in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) since the era of pre-colonial times and how women’s sport participation developed over time. In this chapter we will explore one of the policies that is in place to address fair play in both men and women’s sport - the Doping Controlling Process (the process) as well as present a study of the representation of women and sport in the media. The chapter will examine if the doping control process is done in a fair and safe environment, as well as explore the position of female officials involved in the process, colloquially known as ‘lady chaperones’, pointing out the barriers and stereotypes that may limit or prevent their participation in the process. An investigation of the media has found that despite positive changes there are many culturally determined hurdles. The sport environment still contains misogyny and gender stereotypes that do not cater to the well-being of top female athletes or foster the advancement of female officials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen and Sport in Asia
EditorsRosa López de D’Amico, Maryam Koushkie Jahromi, Maria Luisa M. Guinto
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781003131885
ISBN (Print)9780367675837, 9780367675844
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2021


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