Back then it was decided by the International Volleyball Federation that due to the potential for qualifying and participation in the sport of women's beach volleyball by some countries with differing cultural beliefs, the dress code would be adapted to accommodate them.
"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..." (AP)
Reading between the lines it appeared to me then, and still does now, that this was a decision made to address the style of dress allowed for women in countries that were predominantly believers in and followers of the Muslim faith.
I wondered then if the Vatican or a country dominated by the Jewish faith had an issue with a certain style of uniform, whether the uniform code would be altered to suit those needs? The answer to that question is obviously no!
In any event, what do you suppose a more modest uniform for women's beach volleyball might look like? Maybe like this with the next question being would any fans still watch?
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