For women beach volleyball players, the most standard athletic uniform is a bikini. And while some critics have claimed that having the women athletes play in bikinis, while men more commonly play in shorts and tank tops, is outdated and even sexist, others feel that the sport is played in bikinis because they are simply the best outfit for the task .
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If you do not know, some cultures, primarily Muslim, prevent women athletes from revealing their skin to the public, resulting in specially tailored Beach Volleyball uniforms specifically for them. The FIVB provides some freedom of Beach Volleyball uniform choice. Athletes are permitted to wear long sleeves, shorts, and tank tops.
April Ross of the United States plays a shot with Kerri Walsh Jennings during the Beach Volleyball Women's Bronze medal match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
As soon as beach volleyball came as an event in Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. The women's uniform at that was a bikini. Thus FIVB allowed shorts in order to accommodate different countries religions and cultural requirements hence the uniforms had to be made flexiable. In the 2016 Games, several athletes choose for the modest choice.
Xue Chen (right) of China, and teammate Wang Zinzin, close in on the ball during a women’s beach volleyball match against the Netherlands at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
The Washington Post in an article entitled “Scant Gender Parity in Uniforms for Olympic beach Volleyball,” reports that “Meanwhile, men’s beach volleyball players are dressed like a bunch of bros skittering about the sand. One of the rationales for the skimp-tastic women’s uniform is greater freedom of movement.
While male players are allowed to play in tank tops and shorts no longer than 4 inches above the knee, women are required to wear midriff-baring tops and bikini bottoms “with a close fit and cut ...
Shorts that aren’t too baggy that are no longer than 10cm (4 inches) above the knee. For the women, however, uniform requirements are: Advertisement. Top: A midriff design that must be close fitting with deep cutaway armholes. Bottom: Bikini bottoms with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg.