Friday, August 12, 2016

Olympic Spot


Remember this cartoon? . . . 


There was a practical demonstration of it in the Women’s Beach Volleyball event a few days ago when Egyptian and German teams met:


Some comments:
  • Traditionally women’s beach volleyball has used skimpy outfits for functional and titillation reasons. At one stage the brief outfits were mandatory.
  • During the approach to the 2012 London Olympics, the uniform rules were relaxed to allow full sleeves and leggings so as to open the game to more cultures.
  • As a result, there were now 169 different countries involved in the Continental Cup qualifying process for the 2016 Olympic, compared to 143 for London.
  • Opinions by the players themselves are divided, with many being opposed to the sexualising of their sport and the focus on their outfits. A comparison is frequently drawn with the uniform of the men's beach volleyball teams:


Some more comparisons from the Egypt/Germany clash:








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