The bikini has been active in a lot of online news lately, especially with the incident at STC in the Philippines. Now, with the upcoming Olympic games in just a few months, the bikini has received some new attention as rules have changed to the way attire is worn during the volleyball events.
With the Olympics involving countries that hold various (and more conservative) beliefs, the IVF / FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) announced last week that players can now wear shorts and sleeved tops. Richard Baker, a spokesperson for the FIVB told the Associated Press the following statement with regard to this motion:
"Many of these countries have religious and cultural requirements, so the uniform needed to be more flexible."
According to The Telegraph, the modified rule allows that volleyball participants can wear the following.
- Shorts of a maximum length of three centimeters (1.18 inches) above the knee
- Sleeved or sleeveless tops
Volleyball players are still allowed to wear bikinis and the attire listed above is just an option; however, in response to this statement, well-known volleyball player Kerri Walsh exclaimed the following:
I think it's part of the alluring part of our sport, which is women in bikinis, but on the flip side of that, we need to be wearing bikinis. You don't want to be wearing baggy clothes and be lost in your clothes.”
The Twitter community has been actively expressing their opinions on this change:
Olympic beach Volleyball players don't have to wear bikini's at Olympics anymore. This has me very upset. Why else do we watch that sport?
Oly beach volleyball comes to its senses -- no longer will require bikini unis. Shorts are OK, just like men.
I don't think I will be watching Volleyball in the Olympic games this summer. Bikini is not mandatory anymore
Just read that the Olympics are going to let woman volleyball players wear shorts and tee shirt. Misty May better be wearing he bikini still
Womens beach volleyball players are allowed to wear shorts and a t shirt instead of a bikini now. Safe to say that sports dead
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