The Amateur International Boxing Association is now saying skirts are optional for competitors in the first women’s Olympic boxing tournament in London.
Another first-world crisis has been averted.
This optional position is probably the best, given the mixed opinions from the boxers. Some were incensed about what might have become compulsory; others were not.
In free Western societies this shouldn’t regarded as be the greatest indignity, although there has been plenty of serious squawking from the usual suspects about this affront to equality.
For female athletes in Afghanistan, just getting in the ring is a miracle. Especially those few participating in combat sports who are defying the remnants of harsh Taliban proscriptions against their very participation in society.
Sadaf Rahimi, 17, is training for the London Games near a stadium in Kabul where women were once stoned for adultery:
“I hope the Taliban don’t come back and take over. But if they do, I urge them to let women engage in sports and go to school.”
There’s no mention what she was wearing. As if that mattered. But it’s not hard to guess.