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Back To The Past?

August 19, 2008

Historically participants in the Greek games we nude. Watching some of the events of the Olympic Games now in progress I am led to believe that we are trying to go back to that custom. Just one example is the contrast between the male and female beach volleyball players, not to mention the scantly clad cheerleaders on the side lines. Don’t hand me the “comfort” argument, it is all about sex appeal and ratings. It is about filling stands with drooling men. Don’t believe me? How about this…

Table Tennis-Women urged to wear shirts with “curves”

By Simon Rabinovitch

BEIJING, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Table tennis is desperate to attract more viewers and some in the sport believe a simple enough solution exists: get the women to wear skirts and shirts with “curves”.

Half-empty stands for women’s games at the Olympics in China, the country most obsessed with table tennis, reinforce concerns that the sport needs a make-over to shed its fusty image.

Women players mostly wear baggy shorts and shirts unlike their tennis counterparts who dress for comfort as well as style. 

“We are trying to push the players to use skirts and also nicer shirts, not the shirts that are made for men, but ones with more curves,” International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) vice president Claude Bergeret said.

One player, Japan’s Naomi Yotsumoto, has taken matters into her own hands. At the Japanese national championships last year, she played in a daring ensemble of her own design: knee socks, a pleated mini-skirt and a shirt that left one shoulder bare. (Editing by Nick Macfie)

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