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Anyone who’s ever competed in organized sports knows that whatever guidelines put into place by whatever organizing bodies must always adhere to a uniform set of standards, along with a code of conduct that each athlete most follow in order to compete fairly and to avoid any appearance by the governing body of impropriety.

Moreover when the rules are changed, modified or relaxed because of political pressure, rather than what’s best for the sport or those athlete’s involved, then everyone suffers.

The latest institution to fall under the pressure of political correctness is the Amateur Swimming Association, which has just changed its rules for Muslim swimmers, in allowing them to compete in “burkinis” which is a full-bodied suit, and originally outlawed by the ASA, because full-bodied suits are considered by those in the industry to be “performance-enhancing swimwear.”

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The guidelines were changed to accommodate Muslim swimmers at the request from the Muslim Women's Sport Foundation, and although the ASA has promised to inspect the new suits, anyone who’s ever competed in organized sports knows that even the slightest modification to guidelines, with the specific intent to accommodate a select group, changes the overall premise of that sporting event.

It's also been widely acknowledged that swimwear worn by Olympians that cover the entire body have been banned because they have 'performance enhancing characteristics.”

The new ASA guidelines are listed below

  • Suits shall be made of a textile material as per the current FINA Rules
  • There is no limit to how many pieces the suit is made up from (i.e. 'Trousers/bottoms', top and head covering)
  • Suits which the referee believes would be capable of enhancing a swimmers performance will not be permitted
  • Swimmers wishing to swim in such a suit shall (either themselves or their representative) present the suit to the event referee for inspection prior to their swim
  • The referee's decision shall be final

Chairman Chris Bostock of the ASA Sport Governing Board said; “This is a very positive step forward for competitive swimming... we hope will encourage many more people to take part. We want everyone to be able to reach their potential. Representing your club at a national swimming competition is very special”

Once again changing the rules for the sole purpose of perhaps benefiting one group, actually, contradicts the spirit of “competitive sports.”

Source: Daily Mail

 
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