Olympic Volleyball Players Now Spared From Skimpy Outfits

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(R-L) Ana Paula Conelly of Brazil goes up for a spike over Kerri Walsh of the United States in the women's quarterfinal beach volleyball match held at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground during Day 9 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 17, 2008 in Beijing, China.
Ana Paula Conelly of Brazil and Kerri Walsh of the United States at the 2008 Olympics. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Female beach volleyball players traditionally haven't been allowed to wear anything more than a bikini at the Olympics (their male counterparts wear shorts and tank tops, sadly). But now the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has deemed it acceptable for female players to wear shorts and sleeved shirts, should they be feeling modest about their steel buns and washboard abs. "Many of these countries have religious and cultural requirements, so the uniform needed to be more flexible," said FIVB spokesman Richard Baker. Of course, bikinis are still perfectly appropriate for those who want to wear them. Now, what can we do about nixing that pesky shirt requirement for the guys?