POLL – Mandatory skirts for women?

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) Council has voted to add regulation 19.2 to its competition regulations, requiring all female players to wear skirts or dresses in any competition at Grand […]

The Badminton World Federation () Council has voted to add regulation 19.2 to its competition regulations, requiring all female players to wear skirts or dresses in any competition at Grand Prix level or above.  The rationale included in the regulation text is that this, along with ‘acceptable Badminton sports clothing’ for both sexes, will ‘ensure attractive presentation of Badminton at tournaments’.

We would like your opinion of the value and/or acceptability of this rule.  Please respond to the questions below and feel free to have your own say in the comments section below.

Should female players be required to wear skirts?

  • No (68%, 479 Votes)
  • Yes (32%, 230 Votes)

Total Voters: 709

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Do you personally think female badminton players look more 'attractive' in skirts?

  • Yes, they look more attractive (39%, 234 Votes)
  • Irrelevant. Badminton is not a fashion show (33%, 200 Votes)
  • Players look equally fine in shorts or skirts (24%, 144 Votes)
  • No, shorts look better (4%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 602

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Do you think that 'attractive presentation' of female players in skirts can have a positive effect on badminton's popularity?

  • Yes (56%, 310 Votes)
  • No (44%, 248 Votes)

Total Voters: 558

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Do you think that negative publicity from a mandatory rule can have a negative effect on badminton's popularity?

  • Yes (55%, 310 Votes)
  • No (45%, 252 Votes)

Total Voters: 562

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To read our guest editorial piece on this issue, CLICK HERE

For more on the new skirt policy, CLICK HERE

For the official BWF statement on the new regulation, CLICK HERE

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Don Hearn Don Hearn is an Editor and Correspondent who hails from a badminton-loving town in rural Canada. He joined the Badzine team in 2006 to provide coverage of the Korean badminton scene and is committed to helping Badzine to promote badminton to the place it deserves as a global sport. Contact him at: don @ badzine.net