THE BBC’s Olympic coverage has been accused of sexism after presenters called women competitors “girls”.
Viewers have tweeted Beeb bosses and their main host Clare Balding to complain.
But it emerged women as well as men were to blame.
On Monday’s Today at the Games show, Ben Kilner used the word “girls” — as did fellow presenter Jenny Jones and the female athlete she interviewed.
Victoria Extance wrote: “@BBCSport why do all the presenters insist on referring to the female competitors as ‘girls’; it’s sexist and degrading.”
Kat Rock added: “@clarebalding Why must the bbc presenters persistently refer to the female snowboarders as “girls” not “women”? Disappointing.”
Rootaki Running said: “@BBCOlympics Could we please refer to the female snowboarders as ladies or women rather than girls?
"Let’s not infantalize world-class athletes. Thanks.”
And Helen Bunter agreed: “Spent this morning tweeting BBC Olympics presenters to ask them to please call female athletes women not girls.”
But BBC insiders said many viewers used the world “girls” on social media and it was not intended to be sexist.