US Swimming Reverses Decision 'Lifts Ban On Bodysuits'
Jul 19, 2000
Below is the Official US Swimming Press Release about its decision to "Lift the Ban on the Bodysuits".
Here is some of the activity that has been taking place regarding the suits since the board of USA Swimming voted 16'3 to ban the suits at a meeting on June 22. The original concern was that manufacturers would not be able to outfit all the athletes for the Trials.
The decision to ban the suits angered quite a few athletes and coaches who would be taking part in the Trials. Since FINA itself had approve the use of the suits for the Olympic Games and athletes are able to wear them in qualifying meets for the Trials, it made little sense to many, not be able to wear them at the Trials themslves.
Then last week TYR Sport filed a grievance with the U.S. Olympic Committee, asking the USOC to overturn the decision by US Swimming.
Then Adidas got into the fray and offered its suits, "free of charge" to any competitor who wanted to wear it at the Trials.
This along with the grievance eliminated the original reason to ban the suits which was a concern over the availability for all athletes taking part in the Trials. Hence, US Swimming's reversal of it original decision to "Ban the Bodysuits."US Swimming Press Release
COLORADO SPRINGS-USA Swimming's Board of Directors voted 15-6 to lift the ban on full bodysuits for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming. All suits which meet FINA and USA Swimming rules will be allowed at the Trials, Aug. 9-16, in Indianapolis.
"In light of recent developments, the board decided to review its ban of the full bodysuits," said Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming Executive Director. "In the last week, we have been in contact with the major swimsuit manufacturers to determine if and how they can meet the demands of all the competitors who will be at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. The manufacturers have committed to us they can meet the objective of every Olympic Trials competitor having the opportunity to have a full body suit."
"When the ban was initially put in place, the Board had concerns that there would not be enough suits for the large number of competitors expected at Trials. Since that time, several manufacturers have stepped forward with offers to outfit all the competitors and have shown us their detailed production and distribution plans."
"This was not an easy decision and there are merits to both sides of the issue, but with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials being just three weeks away, it was important to get this issue resolved. By going along with FINA's approval of the use of full body suits in terms of what will be allowed at the Olympic Games, the Board of Director's decision today should close the door on this issue."