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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Style Over Substance

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has managed to dig itself into a hole, over its dress code for women badminton players in the London 2012 Olympics.

It has ruled that women players must wear dresses or skirts, irrespective of whether they wear shorts/trousers underneath.

For why?

The Telegraph quotes Paisan Rangsikitpho, the BWF deputy president, who said that there was no sexism involved in the decision but that the federation wanted to differentiate the women's game.

"We need to be able to able to differentiate the women's game and the ruling is part of a larger campaign to enhance the presentation profile of the sport.

This is to help attract a wider target group amongst both younger and older people, and amongst both women and men, where an aesthetic and stylish presentation of the players is certainly an important factor.

Surely people can tell the difference between male and female badminton players, irrespective of whether they are in shorts, skirts, dresses or trousers?

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