the olympics banned swim cap for afro hair

SOUL CAP [photo courtesy]>

SOUL CAP [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa July 2, 2021

The governing body behind swimming said that athletes don't need caps of this "size and configuration."

SOUL CAP, a Black-owned company that creates larger swim caps to fit around Afro and other styles of natural hair, won't be making an appearance at the Tokyo 2020 (2021?) Olympics.

According to Metro, FINA (short for Fédération Internationale De Natation, the federation for international competitions in water sports) deemed the "shape and configuration" of SOUL CAP swim caps to be unnecessary.

In a statement, FINA stated that to its "best knowledge, the athletes competing at the International events never used, neither require to use, caps of such size and configuration" and added that the styles were unsuitable for competitions, because they don't "follow the natural form of the head."