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At the end of August, fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov said that he considered “ring girls” – frankly dressed girls who put plates with a round number into the ring – the most “useless” element in sports. At the same time, the hockey “Ak Bars” refused from the girls from the support group at the matches – the club is sure that other teams will soon follow their example. These cases fit into the global trend to combat objectification in women’s sports. At Meduza’s request, journalist Vasily Legeido tells how female athletes have been fighting for decades to be judged not by their appearance.