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Purpose of this research was to compare the perception of female and male athlete’s family toward the participation of their children in sport and to analyze their academic achievement. Total population of this study was 196 and, among these 106 was male and 90 were female athletes from three branch of Wollega University. Stratified method of sampling was employed to select sample size from male and female athletes. An equal allocation method of stratified sampling was used to select sample size from each stratum. 90female (including their families) were selected as sample size from strata by using census sampling method and 90 male are selected as sample size from strata by using simple random sampling method. To conduct this study descriptive survey research design was employed. Finally to analysis data independent t-test and paired t-test was employed. Overall, the study in hand shows that family of female athletes do not have positive attitude towards the participation of their female children in sporting events in contrast to family of male athletes. The response of athletes (male and female) on the perception of their parents toward their children participation in sporting events also shows that parents of female athletes do not have positive attitude toward the participation of their female children in sporting events in comparison with parents of male athletes. This may be the reason for the lower number of female participations in sporting events. The findings of present study revealed that participation in sporting events increase the academic transcripts of both male and female athletes.
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