The Federation of International Volleyball Board (FIVB) has done away with the bikini rule for women’s beach volleyball which was implemented for continental cups and all beach volleyball tournaments including the Olympics.

The touchy subject of women volleyball kit rule which forced players to wear bikinis with a maximum side width of 7cm is an attempt at appeasing ultra moralists who viewed the attire as highly offensive as it depicted women more as sex models rather than sport athletes.

The FIVB approved the change from bikini to shorts and tops with immediate effect to respect customs and or religious beliefs.

The modified women’s uniform rule will see the optional usage of two extra choices of kits where players can wear shorts of a maximum length of 3cm above the knee and sleeved or sleeveless tops.

The new rule will certainly give a chance for conservative cultures to also join the sport.