• Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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Indian women athletes to wear trousers instead of sari at Commonwealth Games

Indian women will be able to wear trousers instead of the traditional sari at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia (Photo by Graham Crouch/Getty Images)

By: Lauren Codling

India’s women athletes will for the first time wear trousers and a blazer instead of a traditional sari at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Australia, a move that has pitted reformers against traditionalists. Many Indian women competitors have welcomed the dark blue blazer and trousers that the Indian Olympic Association said was introduced at the request of the country’s athletes’ commission. But female stars like badminton ace PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik, both Olympic medalists, prefer the time-honoured sari, a flowing dress draped around the body. “We always feel happy and proud when we wear a sari during…

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