A group of squash champions called the Spanish tournament they won sexist after receiving vibrators as a reward.
The incident took place after 2019 Asturias Squash Championship winner Elisabet Sado Garriga received her award along with runner-up Olaya Fernandez Lence.
Third place Marina Arraiza Mier and fourth place Cristina Barandica Fernandez also received gifts. Prizes for all four included a “Pure Fantasy” vibrator from Durex, a hair removal set and an electronic scrub 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.
The local radio show “Ganamos Con Ellas” (“We win with women”) posted a photo of the awards, describing them as “degrading, shocking, harmful, inconceivable but sadly real”.
He added that the organizers had “exceeded all limits”.
Club Squash Oviedo, which hosted the tournament, issued a statement saying they regretted that the players “felt aggrieved by the prizes”. He apologized for the incident and added: “At no time was this done from a sexist point of view.”
The squash club at the center of the scandal has also decided not to hold any more events this year. The Royal Spanish Squash Federation forwarded the complaint to the Asturian Women’s Institute to launch an investigation.
Three people involved in the organization of the tournament have reportedly resigned.
Squash federation spokeswoman Maribel Toyos said they were only responsible for providing the trophies, not the prizes, adding that what had happened was “shameful”.
“It’s the height of sexism. We had no idea the women were going to receive these gifts, ”Toyos said. “It makes no sense for the club to apologize but at the same time say that the giveaways are not sexist.”