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Olympic women boxers may have to wear skirts

Nov 4, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT


AIBA spokesman Sebastien Gillot is quite perplexed at this hour over the reaction to the news that boxing’s amateur governing body may make women boxers wear skirts in the London Olympics. Why are people getting their panties in a bunch so riled up over this?

“It’s quite frustrating to see the way in which this news has been going around,” he told Reuters. “We are aware that it’s a very sensitive issue.”

Oh yeah, in case you missed it, women’s boxing is in the Olympics now. In fact they’ll have three weight divisions. The AIBA will discuss the skirts in January, and make a recommendation for the executive committee to make a final ruling. Be careful, AIBA: there are several ways this can go wrong.

Women were offered skirts for the first time at the world championships in Barbados last year, and most declined. When word got out that they were considering making them mandatory at the Olympics, many boxers complained.

“I won’t be wearing a miniskirt,” Ireland’s three-time world champion Katie Taylor told the BBC last week. “I don’t even wear miniskirts on a night out, so I definitely won’t be wearing miniskirts in the ring.”

Olympics-Boxing body seeks to calm skirt controversy [Reuters]

  1. southernpatriots - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Why doesn’t the stupid governing body of women’s boxing, the AIBA, poll their member athletes and trainers? We have not heard that even one boxer wants to wear mini-skirts. What is in the AIBA’s mind?