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Female boxers can now either wear shorts or skirts in Olympics

Last Updated: Friday, March 2, 2012 - 20:14

London: Female boxers at the London Olympics will be allowed to wear either shorts or a skirt under a new amendment to amateur boxing rules. On Thursday,

The International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) published the changes regarding the updated ruled on its website.

In a new sentence in the Competition Uniform section, AIBA says female boxers will wear ‘either shorts or the option of a skirt.’

The new rule specifies no particular length for the skirt. AIBA faced international criticism and sexism charges in recent months when officials debated whether to ask women`s boxers to wear skirts in competition AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo said he had heard from fans who couldn`t tell women from men when fighters wore protective headgear.

Although AIBA insisted it never contemplated requiring boxers to wear skirts, its debate of the issue infuriated women`s rights advocates in recent months.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, March 2, 2012 - 20:14

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