A group of champion female squash players have slammed the tournament they won for being sexist after they gave them Durex ‘Pure Fantasy’ vibrators as part of the prize.
The startling incident took place after the winner of the Asturias Squash Championship 2019, Elisabet Sado Garriga, received her prize along with runner-up Olaya Fernandez Lence, third-place Marina Arraiza Mier and fourth-place Cristina Barandica Fernandez.
The prizes for the four included a ‘Pure Fantasy’ vibrator from Durex, a waxing set and an electronic exfoliator for their feet.
The vibrator is sold as an “elegant personal stimulator designed to give you sensual pleasure”.
The winners reportedly filed a complaint with the country’s squash federation for sexism and discrimination.
Local radio show ‘Ganamos Con Ellas’ (‘We Win With Women’) posted a photo of the prizes, describing them as “degrading, shocking, harmful, inconceivable but sadly real” adding that the organisers had “gone past every limit”.
Club Squash Oviedo, who organised the tournament, released a statement saying that they regretted that the players “felt aggrieved by the prizes”, apologising for the incident and adding: “At no moment was it done from a sexist standpoint.”
The Royal Spanish Squash Federation passed on the complaint to the Asturian Institute of Women to launch an investigation. Three people involved in organising the tournament have reportedly handed in their resignations.
The squash federation’s spokeswoman Maribel Toyos said they were only responsible for providing the trophies, not the prizes, adding that what had happened was “shameful”.