I went for dinner to a friend’s place last Saturday and the TV was on in their family room showing the Olympics. What was the event featured during this prime viewing time? Women’s beach volleyball. This event is apparently scheduled at times for maximum exposure. Who would have guessed that buff young bodies leaping around in skimpy bathing suits would draw viewers?
Some have noticed that photographers seem to have special rules for this particular event and wonder how photographs of competitors in other sports would appear if they focused on the same things as in beach volleyball
In fact, there used to be rules that actually forced beach volleyball players to wear skimpy outfits, with tight restrictions on the amount of skin they could cover. The Australian Sports Commission criticized this practice of wearing revealing outfits that did not, as in swimming or track, do anything to enhance performance.
Women’s beach volleyball, on the other hand, has introduced uniforms intentionally to focus attention on the athletes’ bodies rather than for any technological, practical or performance-enhancing reasons. Women must compete in bra-style tops and bikini bottoms that must not exceed six centimetres in width at the hip (men compete in shorts and singlets). [My italics-MS]
It was only under pressure from some countries that the rules were relaxed for the 2012 games.
Under new rules adopted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), players are free to wear shorts and sleeved tops. The governing body said the move was made out of respect for the cultural beliefs of some of the dozens of countries still in contention to qualify for the games.
But the FIVB doesn’t want the players to get too carried away by modesty. There are still limits.
The modified rule permits “shorts of a maximum length of (1.18 inches) above the knee, and sleeved or sleeveless tops.”
After all, one must maintain one’s standards, no? Otherwise you might have people competing in burkas and what would happen to the TV ratings?