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  • Soul Cap : Afro swim cap Olympic rejection ’heartbreaking’ for black swimmers - BBC News
    https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-57688380

    Young black swimmers are “disappointed and heartbroken” by a decision to ban a swimming cap from the Olympics that’s made to cover their hair.

    Soul Cap say the international governing body for swimming rejected an application for their caps to be certified for use at competitions.

    They say Fina told them the caps are unsuitable because they don’t follow “the natural form of the head”.

    Soul Cap makes swimming caps to fit over and protect dreadlocks, afros, weaves, hair extensions, braids, and thick and curly hair.

    (...) Fina’s decision could “stop the ripple effect” of black children like Kejai being inspired by swimmers such as Alice Dearing - who will be the first black woman to represent Great Britain in an Olympic swimming event at Tokyo 2020 later this summer.

    (les autorités sportives, toujours championnes du patriarcat et du racisme institutionnel)