Olympic Committee Bans Headgear Designed For Black Swimmers

  • Written by Tomas Kassahun
  • Published on 2nd July 2021
    Photo Credit: FangXiaNuo
  • Olympic swimmers will now be barred from using swimming caps made by Soul Cap, a Black-owned company that produces headgear specifically designed to help athletes compete without damaging their hair. The federation for international competitions in water sports made the decision this week, saying the caps don’t follow “the natural form of the head,” People reported.
  • FINA, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, added that “the athletes competing at the International events never used, neither require to use, caps of such size and configuration.”
  • Soul Cap founders Toks Ahmed and Michael Chapman said the latest rule discourages diversity in swimming.


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