If you are a follower of sports, then you must have come across this terminology called ‘WAGs’. If you are not aware about what exactly the WAGs means then probably you would have felt yourself out of the situation. But we have not only the meaning but also the important details about WAGs in sports in this article, so just read this article carefully and know what exactly the WAGs means in sports.
What is WAGs in Sports?
WAGs or Wags in sports is actually a short form of two different words, ‘wives’ and ‘girlfriends’ of high profile sportsmen. To mention a specific person the team can also be used as WAG. In an article published in the Sunday Telegraph on 19th May 2002, the term WAGs was first used for David Beckham’s the then girlfriend and now wife Victoria.
But then the usage of this term was pretty less, but then during the lead up months to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the term started to be used by one and all, whether it is a print media or a broadcasting media in the UK. Even in the annual ‘Language Report’ of the Oxford University Press the word WAG or WAGs used.
During the 2006 FIFA World Cup the acronym WAGs were used for Victoria Beckham (David Beckham), Cheryle Cole (Ashley Cole), Melanie Slade (Theo Walcott), Abbey Clancy (Peter Crouch), Alex Curran (Steven Gerrad) and Elen Rives (Frank Lampard) by the British media. Victoria Beckham was though called the ‘super WAG’ or the ‘Queen WAG’ by few tabloids.
WAGs in Other than Football
Slowly the usage of this term increased and spread like a wild fire and even other than footballers, girlfriends and wives of other sportsmen too started to be mentioned as WAGs, not only that the UK politicians too get their own dosage of WAGs by the British media.
After football, it was Golf who attracted few WAGs and Nick Faldo and Tony Jacklin got the first ever tag of WAGs. Next was Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren in the list as Elin became the famous WAG. During the 2002 and 2004 Ryder Cup the term WAGs was used very often by the media.
In cricket too the English and Australian players WAGs became famous such as Jessica Taylor (Kevin Pietersen), Minki van de Westhuizen (Graeme Smith). The Australian team too gave its fair share to the term WAGs and now a days even Indian cricketers take their wives and girlfriends with them when they are playing abroad, Sakshi (Dhoni) and Anushka Sharma (Virat Kohli) are famous Indian WAGs.
Similar Terms like WAGs
CHAPs – Celebrity Husbands
HABs – Husbands and Boyfriends
MAGs – Mothers and Girlfriends
SADs – Sons and Daughters
SWAGs – Supporters without a game (A neutral supporter of a sport, in other words)