How beach volleyball outfits can jeopardise the Asian Games

Much is at stake in the upcoming Asian Games, which has a high political value especially for President Joko Widodo. In an election year, anything is prone to exploitation for political gain, including seemingly trivial matters such as female beach v
Much is at stake in the upcoming Asian Games, which has a high political value especially for President Joko Widodo. In an election year, anything is prone to exploitation for political gain, including seemingly trivial matters such as female beach volleyball players' outfits, which could trigger protests or street rallies.

Don't laugh. This is a serious matter. Female athletes' outfits can disrupt the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.

You can argue that the sports apparel meets international standards and Indonesia has no choice but to abide by the rule. But do not forget this is Indonesia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2018, with the headline 'How beach volleyball outfits can jeopardise the Asian Games'. Subscribe