“I Am Lucky For The Freedom To Wear What I Want”: P.V Sindhu’s Comment Reveals Double Standards In Women Sportwear At Tokyo Olympics
Female athletes have fought long and hard for the right to choose what they wear when they compete at the Olympics, and at the Tokyo Games, more and more athletes and fans are speaking out and taking action. An event like the Olympics not only gives a chance for athletes to showcase their skills in sports but also provides an opportunity for them to express themselves through the choice of clothing while staying within the regulations set by the authorities. Female athletes, in particular, are using the platform of the Tokyo Olympics to break all stereotypes and promote freedom of choice by wearing whatever makes them feel comfortable at the Games.
Of the more than 30 women who played badminton on Wednesday, including India’s PV Sindhu and Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, about two-thirds wore shorts, while others were clad in skorts which are shorts looking like skirts and skirts, and Iran’s Soraya Aghaei Hajiagha was seen wearing a hijab. “I’m lucky that we can wear whatever we want,” said Sindhu, the Rio Olympics women’s singles silver medalist who wore one of her blue dresses when she defeated Hong Kong’s, Cheung Ngan Yi. Iran’s Soraya Aghaei Hajiagha, along with her coach, wore a dress, leggings, and a hijab in her match with China’s He Bing Jiao. Skirts and loose-fitting shorts that look like skirts from the front – were also a popular choice among players including Belgium’s Lianne Tan and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. The German women’s gymnastics team wore full-body suits in qualifications, hoping to promote freedom of choice and encourage women to wear what makes them feel comfortable.
Double standards often rule the Olympic event. For instance, the Norwegian women’s beach handball team was fined 1,500 euros last week for wearing shorts rather than bikini bottoms and jeopardizing “the ideal presentation of the sport”, according to the European Handball Federation and the International Handball Federation. Rules state that the bikini bottoms must be a maximum width of 10 centimeters and have a “close fit and cut on an upward angle. Norwegian women’s beach handball team was fined for wearing shorts during their match at Tokyo 2020
About a decade ago, ahead of the 2012 London Olympics, some officials at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) drew fire because of a similar rule saying women had to wear skirts to make the sport more “feminine” and “attractive” to fans and sponsors. That rule was scrapped before the Games, however. “It was nice that the women’s voices were heard on that,” British player Kirsty Gilmour said, “I personally don’t feel comfortable in a skirt so I like the choice of short shorts, long shorts; Tai Tzu Ying likes her tops sleeveless. We’re lucky we don’t feel pressure on how we should look.”