World Swimming governing body FINA, has announced a new style of swim cap is not suitable for international competitions like Tokyo 2020.
The Soul Cap is designed to be worn by athletes with afro hairstyles.
However, FINA argued that the hat didn’t follow “the natural form of the head”. It rejected Soul Cap’s application for the cap to be certified for use at big competitions.
Soul Cap says it makes caps to fit over and protect thick and curly hair. Afro hair is typically drier compared to other hair textures. This is because the of the strands are often very tightly curled, making it more difficult for naturally occurring oils to moisturise the hair.
There’s been lots of backlash following Fina’s decision to ban Soul Cap’s hats from international competitions. The federation has now said it will be reviewing it’s original decision.