FINA approves competitors use of caps designed for afro hair

FINA had introduced in July final 12 months it might assessment whether or not the Soul Cap product designed to suit over dreadlocks, braids and afros could possibly be used if there was no benefit to be gained from utilizing them.

That call got here after some media experiences had quoted FINA as saying that the cap couldn’t be used finally 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics because it didn’t match “the natural form of the head”.

“I’m delighted that this swim cap has joined FINA’s approved swimwear list,” FINA Government Director Brent Nowicki advised Reuters. “This announcement follows … review and discussion on cap design close between FINA and Soul Cap over the past year.

“Selling range and inclusivity is on the coronary heart of FINA’s work, and it is vitally vital that every one aquatic athletes have entry to the suitable swimwear.”

Manufacturers Soul Cap welcomed the decision by FINA to add the cap to its approved swimwear list from September 1.

“It has been an extended street getting right here, with loads of ups and downs on the best way,” it said in a statement on its website.

“However the fact is: we could not have accomplished it with out you. So from everybody right here at Soul Cap, we need to thank all of you within the swim group for coming collectively to share your voices and lift consciousness about accessibility and inclusion within the sport.”

Black swimmers are outnumbered in elite swimming, with the game looking for to interrupt down socio-economic limitations.

British Olympian Alice Dearing, who’s Black, had partnered with Soul Cap to assist promote larger range, with some younger Black ladies reportedly postpone swimming due to hair points.