Shorts not skirts, say women boxers

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Shorts not skirts, say women boxers

LONDON - Competitors in the first Olympic women’s boxing tournament next year should not be forced to wear skirts, a member of the British team said on Wednesday. The International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) is discussing proposals for women to be kitted out in skirts rather than shorts at the London Games - an idea which has not gone down well with those likely to be involved.

“My personal opinion is if you want to wear a skirt it should be a choice, it shouldn’t be forced upon anyone,” lightweight Natasha Jones, who won a silver medal at the European Championships, told Reuters at the ExCel Center, which is hosting the Olympic test event this week.

“But I don’t make the rules and if it’s a rule, the same as with the gum shield, the same as with the head guard, then that’s a rule, you’ve got to abide by it but I’d prefer to wear shorts.”

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