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Sports in brief: Uniform in ring appeals to some female boxers


uniform in ring appeals to some female boxers

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. — Tyrieshia Douglas would love to box in the Olympics wearing a short skirt.

Not because she has to, but because she wants to.

"We're women, and women should be wearing a woman's uniform," said Douglas, the 23-year-old flyweight from Baltimore who survived a rough childhood in foster care to win silver medals at the past two national championships.

Douglas realizes she's in the minority among female boxers and much of the international sports community, which reacted with outrage and sexism charges when amateur boxing's governing body encouraged women to wear skirts in recent competitions.

Yet if Douglas wins the U.S. team trials this week and eventually qualifies for the London Games, the 112-pound fighter would be eager to wear a skirt in the first Olympic women's boxing tournament. She agrees with International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) officials who have suggested skirts would make women more easily identifiable in the ring.

"I mean, women can wear shorts, but it's boxing," Douglas said. "We need to look more feminine. Under the headgear, you don't know if it's a man or a woman. … You don't know until we take off the headgear. 'Was that a girl? Yeah, that was a girl.' We're women, and we need to let people know we're women, because you can't tell."

While AIBA officials are expected to issue recommendations within the next week, the organization says its discussion of women's uniforms has been incorrectly perceived.

In an email, AIBA spokesman Sebastien Gillot wrote the organization never had any intention of making skirts mandatory. AIBA insists it has been merely discussing the issue after hearing the complaint cited by Douglas and other amateur boxing fans.


Ivanovic opponent withdraws in Qatar

Ana Ivanovic advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open on Monday when Carla Suarez Navarro withdrew midway through their match in Doha because of a back injury.

Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion, was leading 6-1, 4-1. Trailing 1-2 in the second set, Suarez Navarro had already sought courtside treatment from the WTA Tour medical team. She briefly left the court before resuming the set.

"It is very unfortunate for her," Ivanovic said. "It is never enjoyable to win a match like that, but I hope she recovers fast. I am happy with the way I played in the match."

Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova joined Ivanovic in the second round after a 7-5, 6-3 win over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.


North Texas coach hospitalized

North Texas football coach Dan McCarney has been hospitalized in Denton, Texas, with an unspecified medical problem.

Athletic director Rick Villarreal said McCarney was taken to a hospital Sunday after experiencing what he called "medical difficulties." McCarney remained under observation.

Villarreal says he doesn't know exactly what caused McCarney to fall ill.

McCarney, 58, has coached the Mean Green since November 2010. He was coach at Iowa State from 1995 to 2006 and an assistant at Florida, USF, Wisconsin and Iowa.

McCarney was hired as an assistant at USF and Florida, winning the 2008 national title with the Gators.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Uniform in ring appeals to some female boxers 02/13/12 [Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2012 11:13pm]
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