"Bikinis are still welcome, but......."

Bikinis are still welcome, but female beach volleyball players can now wear shorts and sleeved tops during the Olympic competition this summer in London.

By Jeff Swinger, USA TODAY

 


 

That's a sigh of relief from the TV executives in charge of broadcasting the competition that's popular not only for the USA's dominance in the sport -- Kerri Walsh and Misty-May Treanor are two-time defending Olympic gold medalists -- but also for itsBaywatch aesthetics.

PHOTO GALLERY: Images of Walsh and May-Treanor

The Associated Press reports that the International Volleyball Federation has modified its rules to allow "shorts of a maximum length of (1.18 inches) above the knee, and sleeved or sleeveless tops."

The rule already applied to continental qualifying competitions and it's designed to provide more flexibility for countries with "religious and cultural requirements," FIVB spokesman Richard Baker told The Associated Press.

And while we're on the topic of female athletes and what they'll be wearing in London....Let's not forget that the boxing federation made some waves when it floated the idea of having women wear skirts. Later the federation said skirts or shorts will be allowed in the ring. (Women's boxing makes its Olympic debut this summer in London.)

The skirt controversy started when the international badminton foundation proposed a rule requiring its female athletes to wear skirts or dresses during competition. After calls of sexism, thatrule was knocked down as well.

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