Tell AIBA: Play Fair, Don't Ask Female Boxers to Wear Skirts
  • Petitioned Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA)

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Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA)
AIBA, Communications
AIBA President
Dr Ching-Kuo Wu

Tell AIBA: Play Fair, Don't Ask Female Boxers to Wear Skirts

    1. Elizabeth Plank
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Plank

      Montreal, Canada

February 2012


After hearing from the more than 55,000 people (including you!) who signed Eli Plank’s petition, the President of the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) has publicly stated that female boxers will not be forced to wear skirts during the Olympic Games.

At the beginning of the year, the AIBA said this was an internal matter and they wouldn’t even share their decision until June. But thanks to your support, Eli’s campaign attracted the attention of international media including the BBC, CBC and News Track India and forced them to publicly announce last weekend that women will be able to choose what they wear in the ring.

After hearing the announcement Eli said “I sincerely thank every single person who signed, supported and shared the petition.  If I could, I would give each and every one of you an individual high-five.”

Female boxing will make its Olympic debut in the upcoming London games, but the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) seems intent on keeping the sport in the Victorian era. The organization recently suggested that female boxers wear short skirts in the ring because it looks more elegant and helps distinguish female boxers from their male counterparts. This ludicrous recommendation clearly has nothing to do with athletics and only serves to enforce gender stereotypes and the subjugation of women. 

The idea that female boxers should  be made to wear skirts reduces these skilled athletes to sex objects.  It undermines the the respect they have long fought for. Beyond the obvious misogynistic implications of such a recommendation, forcing female boxers to wear a uniform they are not comfortable in may have direct consequences on their performance. Research has repeatedly shown the reality of stereotype threat on individual performances. 

On 18th January, the AIBA will make their final decision about dress recommendations based on public opinion and feedback from boxing professionals. That means that every signature the AIBA get will help force them to abandon the proposed dress code for good.


No matter what the AIBA does, it cannot change the fact that boxing is not a pretty sport, nor should it be. Female boxers should no more be forced into skirts than male boxer should have a jacket a tie required. Tell the AIBA to play fair and end its dangerous game of gender discrimination. 

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    Reasons for signing

    • Saige Forest LADNER, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      We should have the right to choose what we want to wear in the ring. If its shorts or a skirt thats my choice.

    • kenneth collins WATSONVILLE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Having the them wear a skirt just so you can see some ass when one of them falls down is no reason to mandate a skirt. Allow them to wear boxing trunks.

    • Albis Aguilar SAN JUAN
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop mixing sports with sexism! Aren't Ring Girls enough for you? STOP GENDER DISCRIMINATION ONCE AND FOR ALL!

      • over 2 years ago

      girls will wear skirt when boys wear bras

    • Sharon Bellamy EAGLE VALE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      These people are atheletes, don't degrade any boxer by enforcing what they can and can't wear in the ring. To my mind, skirts would have possible safety ramifications anyway as they could be grabbed or caught in the ropes


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