London 2012 beach volleyball team on why they’ll keep wearing bikinis

The women's Olympic beach volleyball team for London 2012 have spoken out about the stick they've been getting for their skimpy outfits - and vow they will keep on wearing bikinis to compete

The women’s Olympic beach volleyball team for London 2012 have spoken out about the stick they’ve been getting for their skimpy outfits – and vow they will keep on wearing bikinis to compete.

London 2012 beach volleyball players Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin – from GB’s first ever beach volleyball team – say that bikinis are still the best kit for the sport, despite rule changes which would allow them to cover up if they wished.

‘Bikinis are perfect for the sport’, Shauna Mullin told press, but admitted that her family and friends hate the fact that players are only recognised for wearing bikinis.

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‘They say to me, ‘How can they still be talking about your bikinis? Don’t they understand how hard you work?”

‘I try and tell them it will change eventually. But yes, it does upset them.’

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Shauna also added that whenever the London 2012 women’s beach volleyball team played, most of the men who attended were promarily there to see girls in bikinis. ‘It doesn’t really bother me, but I hope they go home with a different attitude once they see us play.’

New rules, brought in last week by the International Volleyball Federation, give players the options of wearing shorts rather than bikinis, aiming to cater for a range of religious beliefs.

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