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When two-time U.S. women’s chess champion Jennifer Shahade accused the American grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez of sexual assault earlier this year, it kickstarted a wider movement. Several international players have spoken to New Lines, sharing their experiences publicly for the first time.
Women wrestlers in India have accused their federation chief, who is also a member of Parliament, of sexual harassment. It is the first time in the history of Indian sport that Olympic and world champion medalists have taken to the streets to protest. But the road to justice is not without hurdles.
In recent weeks, as the Indian men’s hockey team played its World Cup matches to heaving stands and pyrotechnics in the east Indian state of Odisha, the sport that has brought the country eight Olympic golds returned to the national stage, only to end in now-familiar disappointment.
Ahead of the FIFA World Cup, humongous cutouts of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar propped up mid-river in Kerala, a state in India’s southwest corner. In a country crazy for cricket, its fan wars and soccer frenzy have been making headlines and social media chatter over the past few weeks.