Boxing buffoons consider women in skirts for Olympic debut
Women’s boxing will finally hit prime time at the 2012 London Olympics – and it looks like they might have to do it wearing skirts.
I wish I were making this up, but I’m not. It’s totally ludicrous and yet another example of how these associations are run by a bunch of out-of-touch old and feeble men.
The International Amateur Boxing Association is saying it will discuss the possibility of women’s boxers wearing skirts instead of shorts at the Games when they hold a meeting in January to decide on uniform rules for women, according to an Associated Press report from Lausanne, Switzerland.
The report said that AIBA’s technical and rules commission will offer recommendations to the ruling executive body. AIBA said it was “seeking a consensus” from the boxing world and the “wider public.”
They won’t have to wait long for it.
Canadian boxers like Mary Spencer and Mandy Bujold – who just came back from the Pan Am Games with gold medals – are elite athletes. To even suggest that you would put them in skirts really shows an appalling lack of respect. This isn’t tennis.
“It’s kind of downgrading what we’re doing,” said Bujold. “Why make it different? They’re trying to make us closer to the men’s boxing and saying there’s no differences, but ever since we got into the Olympics they’re changing everything.”
Bujold said the boxers had to wear skirts provided by a sponsor in the finals at the world championships in Barbados earlier this year – including Spencer, who won her third world title.
“They didn’t force people to wear it, but they suggested that it would be a good idea. So pretty much everyone had to wear a skirt in the final.”
Bujold said the Mexican women’s team wore skirts at the Pan Ams, but that in general they’re seldom worn by women's boxers
“You know what, they’re actually not that bad as long as they’re designed well,” said the Kitchener fighter. “Some of them are really funny – they look more like cheerleading skirts – and I don’t think I’d ever want to wear that. You can get some where it’s shorts underneath and like a flap over top that makes it look like a skirt.
“But I think it’s ridiculous if they’re going to try to make it mandatory. I don’t understand that they’re gaining out of that. I know they want to be able to differentiate between women and men. That’s why they told us when we get in the ring we have to get in without our headgear on so that people will recognize us more. Now, I think they’re trying to add this other thing to wear a skirt so our uniform looks different.”
It wouldn’t be suprising if this is being driven by the television networks, who are bothered by the fact that once women are in the ring with their headgear they look just like the men.
This is just the latest example of this kind of nonsense. Those tight shorts you see the women wearing in volleyball weren’t their idea, but was orchestrated by their federation head to make the game more appealing to a male audience.
If they could add a wet t-shirt contest to the women’s sport roster at the Olympics, they would.