After a 17-year-old swimmer was disqualified due to her bathing suit showing too much buttocks, the following outcry has seen the stupid decision overturned.
Breckynn Willis, a Dimond High School student from Anchorage, Alaska, was wearing her standard, school-issued swimsuit when she emerged victorious from a 100-meter freestyle event.
However, her win was expunged after a wardrobe violation.
Have a look at the news report of Willis triumph:
Its safe to say, the decision sparked fury from all corners. Coaches branded the decision as sexist, citing the teens slightly curvier physique and the fact her competitors and friends were wearing the exact same swimsuit.
As the outrage mounted up, Willis coach, DeWayne Ingram, and team launched an appeal which forced Anchorage School District to open an investigation into the disqualification.
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Thankfully, the district urged the Alaska School Activities Association to reinstate her win after finding Willis was discriminated for how the swimsuit fit her body.
The association revealed on Tuesday night (September 10) that all scores for Willis and the Dimond High School following her win would be restored.
They have dubbed the ordeal as a misapplication of the rule, adding that the official who made the decision to ban Willis should have raised any violations to her coach prior to the start of the event.
The school district arent entirely satisfied, however: they have called for the official to be de-certified and the coverage rule to be suspended and revised.
As reported by the MailOnline, the Anchorage School District said:
The Anchorage School District has concluded that our swimmer was targeted based solely on how a standard, school-issued uniform happened to fit the shape of her body.
We cannot tolerate discrimination of any kind and certainly not based on body shape. This disqualification was heavy-handed and unnecessary.
Funnily enough, Willis had wore the same swimsuit at three prior meets this season – and nobody batted an eye.
However, the same official that made the decision to ban the teen previously hit out at her sister Dreamer Kowatch and the fit of her swimsuit during the 2018-19 school year.
According to another official at the event, the referee claimed she could see butt cheek touching butt cheek on Willis uniform.
Prior to the decision being reversed, the district said:
The disqualification appears to stem from a difference of opinion in the interpretation of the rules governing high school swim uniforms.
The Dimond swim team has purchased approved, team suits for every swimmer that meet the requirements put forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSH).
The disqualified athlete was wearing the approved, school-issued suit during the race. In the first three meets this year, the Dimond swim team has had no disqualifications related to the wear of the swim uniform.
Lauren Langford, who coaches the West High School swim team, wrote a scathing letter in response to the controversy, saying: The rest of her team was wearing the same uniform, and sRead More – Source