Doubtful hockey player Welten after quitting competition: ‘Measuring with two sizes’

Following several sporting figures, hockey international Lideweij Welten is also amazed at the exceptional position for paid football and the women‘s league.

The 30-year-old attacker of Oranje, named the best hockey player in the world in 2015, does not understand why only the men in paid football (and later also the women’s competition) have been made an exception to the temporary shutdown of sports competitions.

The player of Den Bosch believes that the Dutch government measures with two standards. On her Instagram page, she writes: โ€œI understand that we are currently living in a bizarre world and everyone in their own industry is facing impotence. I also understand that we have to do something because the number of infections is increasing and that it is certainly important for us as an athlete to stick to government measures.โ€

Inconvenient choice

But after understanding, despair follows at Welten. โ€œPerhaps it has been a clumsy choice of the word โ€œtop sportโ€, but it is very painful for me as an โ€œamateur athleteโ€ to see that it is measured with double standards. At every comparison of intensity and level, other top team sports are no less than men‘s football. What’s the difference in besides the financial reward? Because only the latter does not seem to me a criterion for top sportโ€, concludes the player.