Posts Written by

Badminton’s top female players forced into skirts

On May 4, the Badminton World Federation released new clothing regulations that require all female athletes competing in the highest levels of the sport to wear skirts.

Players can still wear shorts or leggings or whatever they like, I guess, as long as the female players wear skirts over them.

“Neither are we asking women to play in short skirts. It has never been the intention of the BWF to portray women as sexual objects, and nor is that what we are doing. Players can still wear all of the above and from the guidelines it should be clear that these do not push any women to wear clothing they are not comfortable with. However, they have to wear a skirt over these articles of clothing, which is already commonly used by many female players.

“We need to be able to differentiate the women’s game and the ruling is part of a larger campaign to enhance the presentation profile of the sport. This is to help attract a wider target group amongst both younger and older people, and amongst both women and men, where an aesthetic and stylish presentation of the players is certainly an important factor.  As such, the BWF has developed guidelines to ensure the Member Associations and players fully understand the ...

Loading Posts
Load More