There is no sports governing body more fussy than FINA when it comes to approving swimsuits. Among issues scrutinized by the watery overlords are buoyancy, “air trapping effects” and material thickness. Sadly, “may create open ass-flap like a pair of child’s footy pajamas” seems to have been overlooked. FINA, and more importantly the makers of the controversial Jaked J01 swimsuit, have some ’splainin’ to do.
Italian Olympic swimmer Flavia Zoccari, 22, was the unfortunate victim of swimsuit malfunction at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy, on Tuesday, as she was forced to sit out a championship race after her suit burst open in the rear. Of course my proposal — that all competitive swimmers be required to participate nude — is ignored on an annual basis. That would solve problems such as this, in which Zoccari was denied her big moment after all of that training. More photos (ahem) below.
Jaked boasts that the full-body swimsuit — complete with back hinge — is ‘more than skin’.
However the aerodynamic costume has been the subject of controversy after it was banned by FINA (the International Swimming Federation) earlier this year because it gave swimmers wearing it an unfair advantage.
FINA lifted the ban on the swimsuit a month later, in June of this year, after Jaked, which sponsors the Italian national swim team, protested the ban.
Zoccari — who is nearly six feet tall — later apologised for the embarrassing incident.
One has to feel sorry for the young lady — especially when it comes time to put the suit on. How is that accomplished, actually? Are tongs involved?