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Tessa Jowell MP, Labour’s Shadow Olympics Minister, commenting on the decision today facing the Amateur International Boxing Association about whether women boxers should wear skirts at the Olympics, said:

“I was one of many who led the campaign to include women’s boxing as an Olympic sport because the athleticism and skill in boxing is something in which women and men can both excel. There should be no prescription of the kit that women wear, other than that it should enable them to perform at their athletic best.”

Clive Efford MP, Labour’s Shadow Sports Minister, added:
 
“The international Amateur Boxing Association should leave it up to individual choice whether women wear shorts or skirts.  Women athletes should be identified by their ability within their chosen sport not what they wear.”

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