The Badminton World Federation has decided that the best way to promote the sport will be to appeal to fans more base instincts... as of June 1st 2011, all female badminton players will have no option but to wear shorts if they want to compete... I'm not kidding here, the only reason behind the move is to make the girls look more "stylish and aesthetic" on order to attract more people to watch the events.
I am speechless.
Don't get me wrong, I am absolutely in favour of athletic young ladies wearing skirts, but introducing rules like this, seems a little bit backwards. The BWF are already facing criticism from many groups, expecially from people like the Pakistan Badminton Federation who say that the rule offends their religious sensibilities (an entirely different issue).
I wonder what will come of this? I'm sure other sports have uniform regulations, but I expect that they justify them in terms of safety or fair play.
Anyway, that's it for now. See you all soon. :o)