USA Swimming Clarifies Ruling on Bodysuit -- July 3, 2000
COLORADO SPRINGS, July 3. The Steering Committee of USA Swimming released a definition last Friday of what constitutes a "body suit" to clarify what will be
disallowed at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, August 9-16.
On June 22, USA Swimming's Board of Directors had voted 16-3 to disallow body suits at the Trials without defining what is and is not a body suit.
USA Swimming's full body suit definition is as follows: "A full body suit or costume is one that extends below the knees or covers any part of the arms."
The Steering Committee stated that "athletes will not be permitted to use a full body suit or costume at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming. All other suits that comply with FINA and USA Swimming rules will be acceptable.
The USA Swimming definition will allow swim suits made of the Speedo "Fast Skin" material and other high-tech materials, so long as they do not cover the arms or extend below the knees.