Soul Cap, a Black-owned line of inclusive swimming caps, has been denied certification to be used in aggressive swimming by the Worldwide Swimming Federation (FINA). The model, which offers comfy swimming choices for these with Afro hair, locs, braids, and different kinds of voluminous pure hair, won’t be allowed throughout the 2021 Olympic video games alongside lower-level competitions held by FINA, in response to a report by Metro UK.

The certification was denied approval on the grounds that to their “finest information, the athletes competing on the Worldwide occasions by no means used, neither require to make use of, caps of such measurement and configuration,” in response to a press launch from Soul Caps. Model representatives additionally say the rejection additionally described the swim caps as unsuitable resulting from their shapes not “following the pure type of the top.”

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In response to FINA’s denial, Soul Cap founders Michael Chapman and Toks Ahmed issued a response, which may be discovered on the model’s Instagram. It reads as follows. 

“We hoped to additional our work for range in swimming by means of having our caps licensed for competitors, so swimmers at any degree haven’t got to decide on between the game they love and their hair. We really feel there’s at all times room for enchancment, however there’s solely a lot grassroots and small manufacturers can do – we want the highest to be receptive to constructive change. For youthful swimmers, feeling included and seeing your self in a sport at a younger age is essential. FINA’s latest dismissal may discourage many youthful athletes from pursuing the game as they progress by means of native, county, and nationwide aggressive swimming.

“This is not simply in regards to the Olympics. That is additionally in regards to the decrease leagues of competitors swimming — for swimmers at an age the place feeling included is so pivotal of their improvement and objectives. We do not see this rejection as a setback, however somewhat an opportunity to open up an essential dialogue and make an even bigger distinction. The response and assist round this subject has been phenomenal. We hope our story highlights the shortage of range in aquatics and drives long-term change in sporting guidelines.”

Attract reached out to FINA and USA Swimming for remark. Neither responded earlier than time of publication. To be taught extra about Soul Cap and its mission, go to soulcap.com.

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