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Controversial Bodysuits Allowed -- April 16, 2000

Brisbane, Australia - Australian Swimming will allow the controversial neck-to-ankle bodysuits to be worn at the Australian Olympic trials despite threats the suits will spark protests. Australian Swimming president Terry Gathercole said the May 13-20 trials would comply with regulations set by FINA, which has already sanctioned the Speedo swimsuits. "If FINA says the swimsuits are legal, we can't just go around changing the rules because then we would run into trouble," Gathercole said. Speedo said a bodysuit would be available to every swimmer participating in the Australian selection trials.