From The Age:
FEDERAL sports minister Kate Lundy has hit out at the discrimination that resulted in Australia’s women Olympic basketballers flying to London in economy class, while the men travelled in business class.
After The Age revealed the Opals flew premium economy to London, Senator Lundy and Sex Discrimination Commissioner Liz Broderick called for the inequity to be rectified.
Further investigation reveals the Opals are not alone in being treated as second-class citizens. National women’s soccer and cricket teams are flown economy, while their male counterparts’ teams travel in business. This is despite the fact that, in basketball and soccer, the women’s teams have much higher international rankings.
This probably sounds a lot worse than it actually is. I suspect that you’ll find that the women’s sports either can’t afford to send their teams business class or have chosen to spend the money on something else.
What’ll happen is that men’s team will end up having to fly economy, not that women’s team get upgraded.