07 May '11, 4am

Badminton: Short skirt rule could be scrapped

KUALA LUMPUR: A new rule that orders female badminton players to wear short skirts could be scrapped after objections from China, Indonesia and Scandanavian countries, a Malaysian official said Saturday. Women playing in the sport's top tournaments are compelled to wear skirts or dresses, even if they are worn over the top of shorts or trousers. But wearing shorts and trousers alone is banned. The Kuala Lumpur-based Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday said it would go ahead from June 1 with the regulation on skirts, which was earlier deferred after an outcry from players and officials. "There is a possibility a rule change can take place," S. Selvam, the federation's Super Series marketing manager told AFP, noting that objections started in China, Indonesia and India but now included Denmark and Sweden. Those who object to the rule can urge the BWF council to abo...

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