Amir Khan slammed for jibe at female athletes

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2011, 14:55 PM IST

London: Boxer Amir Khan has been criticised for telling Britain’s female athletes to “pull their socks up”.

Khan’s comment surfaced after it was revealed that there were no women short-listed for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Kent MP Tracey Crouch hit out, at the 24-year-old’s remark and said that women had “achieved much this year”.

“I think Amir Khan has taken one too many blows to the head. He should know there are plenty of very talented women who should have been included in the list,” a leading daily quoted Crouch as saying.

“They have achieved much this year,” she added.

Ms Crouch, a qualified football coach and FA referee, is to table a question in the House of Commons this Thursday calling for more coverage of women’s sport.

The row comes after Khan, who lost his two world light welterweight crowns last weekend, had asked women “to pull their socks up”.

“The women need to pull their socks up,” he had said.

ANI