Skier causes plastic underwear dispute

Published: 19th January 2012

Skier causes plastic underwear dispute
A dispute has begun in the International Ski Federation (FIS) as to what athletes should and shouldn't be allowed to wear under their race suits.

Gian Franco Kasper, president of the FIS, has called for the rules to be clarified after Tina Maze wore one-piece long underwear made from plastic.

Mr Kasper said: "We have to change our rules. It has to be made very clear - if (underwear) is plastified, it is forbidden."

Tina's under garment choice has sparked controversy after the Swiss ski federation complained that the Slovenian racer gained an aerodynamic advantage by wearing it.

The FIS has since confiscated her underwear, however it confirmed that the clothing had passed permeability tests.

Racers have since been recommended not to wear such clothing as its plastic parts could prevent the body from breathing while competing.

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