The historically beautiful city of London will be hosting the 2012 Olympics. Making next year’s events even more exciting for fighting fans worldwide is that this time they will also be hosting a monumental effort by placing women on the Olympic Boxing events. For decades, female fighters have watched the boy from afar competing curious as to when they too will get their own shot. Now, that time has deservedly arrived and not without controversy.
The AIBA has announced that their own officials have requested that the female competitors wear miniskirts during their events. There are several problems with this suggestion, while some men may assume “Hey, what’s the big deal?” just imagine for a moment if the same officials requested that all the males competing get themselves a spray tan before competing? It’s equally as hideous as asking the women to wear skirts. The AIBA has an interesting explanation for their actions…they claim they wanted the Olympic fans to know they were watching women boxing versus men. That certainly clears it up for millions of viewers, since the announcers reviewing the ladies’ names and stats wouldn’t be able to convey they were females entering the ring. Or the actual fights displaying two women may have some challenges to viewers trying to depict the sex of those fighters?
As one can imagine, this has many fans and fighters in an uproar. It isn’t exactly an episode of a weekly sports show on ESPN, this is the 2012 Olympics where one would assume those types of barbaric thinking would be long gone. There will be 250 men competing in the Boxing event, to a total of 36 women to begin with. It’s fair to say the ladies have worked their fair share of time sparring in the gym to get to this Olympic level, they should be permitted to wear shorts as they always have when competing.
Needless to say, this will continue to gain coverage as it gets closer to the big events. One fighter that will be competing during the events in the UK had this to say:
“It’s a disgrace that they’re forcing some of the women to wear those mini-skirts. We should be able to wear shorts, just like the men. I won’t be wearing a mini-skirt. I don’t even wear mini-skirts on a night out, so I definitely won’t be wearing mini-skirts in the ring.”
That coming from Ireland’s boxing candidate Katie Taylor. Some of the ladies have remarked on being uncomfortable should they be required to wear something other than what they are accustomed to. It will continue to be debated until next summer, but the way it appears thus far the officials will most likely make the right decision.