The white outfit, a weight for sportswomen? The English players of the football team, who play the Euro at home and for which they have already secured a place in the quarters, have raised their voices about their outfit.
White, in the colors of England. An immaculate jersey, which would leave no doubt in the event of a bloodstain during menstruation. However, this kind of accident happens and it puts additional pressure on the shoulders of sportswomen in white clothes.
While the Euro football is being disputed in England, the Lionesses have evoked a subject too rarely broached in the discussions surrounding women’s sport: the rules. The Telegraph reports that discussions have taken place between the players and Nike, the team’s equipment supplier, on this subject.
“It’s great to have an all-white kit, but sometimes it’s not practical when it’s the time of the month. We deal with it as best we can. We’ve discussed it as a team and we’re working on it. told Nike,” striker Beth Mead told the British newspaper.
Wimbledon and immaculate outfits
The subject, which sportswomen are beginning to take up and bring to the fore, was also discussed at the Wimbledon tennis tournament where the dress code is very strict: white and nothing but white. .
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But for some it can provide “mental stress”.
BBC Sport examines the impact of the rules on female tennis players and asks if the issue of wearing white at SW19 during menstruation should be discussed.
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In an interview with the BBC, Heather Watson, British player, explains that if she is attached to tradition, the fact of being able to have her period during the tournament causes her stress. “I understood that I would probably have my periods again (…) I decided to take the pill to avoid them during Wimbledon. It’s a reflection that we share between girls”, explains t -she.
Beyond the color, the pill does not prevent pain and the player acknowledges that the symptoms can affect her game. “I’m bloated, I have cramps and fatigue”.
A gradual change?
On the side of the Lionesses, Georgia Stanway explains to the Telegraph her reservations on the question and explained that a change of color could not be so simple, while evoking a “potential change next year”.
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Catherine went on to wonder why women’s menstruation is never brought up as a possible factor in discussions of losing seeds in the women’s draw.
I worked in tennis for 25 years and never thought about it, I’m embarrassed to say. It’s time to change that. https://t.co/sdhiCvJaNh
—David Law (@DavidLawTennis) May 31, 2022
Whether it’s tennis or football, sportswomen are increasingly making their voices heard. “I worked in tennis for 25 years and never thought about it, I’m embarrassed to admit it,” David Law, a BBC tennis commentator, wrote on Twitter in late May.