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Wednesday, 18th July 2012
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Japanese women's team flies economy to Games despite winning World Cup

The Japanese women's football team flew premium economy to Paris as part of their journey to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

That is despite the fact the side, dubbed Nadeshiko Japan, took the champion's title at the World Cup last year, the AFP reported.

An equality debate has since arisen considering the male football team travelled business class on the same flight, with little hope of taking a podium position at the Games.

The women's team can feature players of any age and is not composed solely of professional players, yet the men's team is comprised largely of under-23s.

Homare Sawa, the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, suggested the female team should have been treated differently to the men's side.

She told the news provider: "I guess it should have been the other way around. Even just in terms of age, we are senior."

Nadeshiko Japan has been bumped up to business class for their return flight in recognition of their World Cup win.

The women's side was bestowed with the People's Honour Award last year for their role in restoring the country's spirits in the wake of the tsunami disaster.

Posted by Susan Ballion

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