Paisan Rangsikitpho, the American deputy president of the BFW – which has only two women on its 25-member board – denied changes were an attempt to use sex to promote the sport. "We just want them to look feminine and have a nice presentation so women will be more popular." he said. "Interest is declining. Some women compete in oversize shorts and long pants and appear baggy, almost like men."
Well, of course, looking feminine and having a nice presentation is what world-class sport is all about, isn't it? Mr Rangsikitpho can at least reflect that, even if badminton insists on remaining frumpy, bikinis are oblgatory for women in Olympic beach volleyball, with a maximum of 7cm of material at the hip. When it comes to Olympic standards, some sports are clearly more able to keep them up than others.
Meanwhile, away from the Olympics, women can still be fined for refusing to cheer the men who raped them.