Full-body swimsuits will soon appear in amateur swimming competitions across England due to a rule change approved this week by a governing body.
The Amateur Swimming Association relaxed rules on Tuesday for loose-fitting, full-body outfits after a request by the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation. Competitors were previously prohibited from all such suits, particularly those favored by Olympians due to their ability to decrease friction through the water.
“This is a very positive step forward for competitive swimming in England and one that we hope will encourage many more people to take part,” Chris Bostock, chairman of the ASA sport governing board, said in a statement, the U.K. Telegraph reported.
Rimla Akhtar, from the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation, echoed Mr. Bostock’s enthusiasm.
Swimmers who wish to wear-full body suits for religious or medical reasons must have the apparel inspected prior to their event.