Olympic uniform rules affect beach volleyball teams
For many sports of the Olympic Games, the uniforms worn by athletes are simple, patriotic and somewhat conservative. Athletes typically will wear only what is necessary and allows them to move comfortably and perform effectively.
When comparing the uniforms between the men’s side and the women’s side of the sport, usually they are very similar, and the women’s side tends to lean toward more clothing.
In swimming, men wear Bermuda-length tight bottoms, and the women wear Bermuda-length one pieces. In gymnastics, the men wear short shorts or pants and tank-top leotards, whereas the women, although not wearing shorts, have long-sleeved leotards.
But in beach volleyball, this hardly is the case. While men wear long shorts and tank tops, the women wear what one could consider as underwear: a tight sports-bra-type top with an even tighter scoop bikini bottom.
This year, according to an article in USA Today, that women’s rule has been altered. Bikinis still are welcome, but the women now are allowed to wear shorts and sleeved tops.
With that being said, it should be noted that most of these women have bodies that are works of art.
They are thin, toned and muscular. According to the article, the rule is providing flexibility and accommodating countries with “religious and cultural requirements,” FIVB spokesman Richard Baker told The Associated Press.
Now, at least the women, and their counties, have a choice on whether or not they want their booties out for the world to see.