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Swimsuit modesty rule dropped by Alaska high school sports association

  • Author: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 12, 2019
  • Published December 11, 2019

A swimsuit decency rule that disqualified an Anchorage high school swimmer from a race and sparked controversy has been eliminated.

The Alaska School Activities Association voted to remove penalties for swim uniforms that officials deemed “not of decent appearance," KTVA reported.

In September, a 17-year-old Dimond High School swimmer was disqualified after winning her race because an event judge ruled that her school-issued swimsuit did not meet modesty requirements.

The swimmer’s win was ultimately reinstated.

The judge who made the disqualification decision faced calls for decertification. The Anchorage School District investigated and concluded that the disqualification was discriminatory. The judge has said she was unfairly labeled as biased and she followed protocol in enforcing the rules.

ASAA announced last month that the judge will not be decertified over the issue.