Canada Women’s Team to go on Strike
Canada captain Christine Sinclair said the women’s national team would go on strike over concerns about pay equity and a lack of funding that she said would jeopardize their performance.
The players released a joint statement on Friday condemning “Canada Soccer’s continued failure to support its national teams”.
They are scheduled to face the United States in the SheBelieves Cup on February 17. “As a team, we decided to take action at work,” Sinclair told TSN broadcaster.
From now on, we will not participate in any [Canada Soccer] activities until this matter is resolved – whether for practice or competition. “It’s hard to say an athlete wants to compete and represent Canada, but that’s enough.”
The next FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place from July 20 to August 20 in Australia and New Zealand. , Canada is sixth in the world rankings and won the Olympic gold medal in 2021 body.
“We demand immediate change,” the statement read. “We do not expect and deserve fair and equal treatment and our program – and our preparation for the World Cup – is properly funded. “We feel disappointed and, once again, deeply despised by Canada Soccer.
This statement is supported by the men’s team, which went on strike last year due to a dispute over World Cup prize money. “This is a men’s and women’s team working together against a federation that has treated us badly for so long and we have been so good for so long,” she said.
“At this stage we will not practice, we will not participate in meetings. No activities are planned with the national team in the near future, we will not participate.
” Canada Soccer said it would meet with the women’s team players on Saturday for further discussions, insisting they have a “proven track record” of supporting women’s football.
We are tired of constantly fighting to be treated fairly’ Joint statement by players says Canada Soccer has reduced the number of days it attends training camp and the full time it can affect to the preparation of the team for the World Cup.
The team said it had ‘patiently negotiated’ with Canada Soccer for more than a year but was asked to ‘do less’.
They added that they were “disappointed and deeply offended” by the “unacceptable burden” placed on their shoulders. “We are tired of constantly fighting for fair and equal treatment and for a program that will give us the opportunity to achieve what we know this group is capable of achieving for Canada,” the statement continued. .
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