Why Olympic beach volleyball players wear bikinis

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Madelein Meppelink, left, of the Netherlands, takes a shot as Liliana Fernandez Steiner, second from left, of Spain, defends during a women’s beach volleyball match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

TOKYO (AP) — Most of the women playing beach volleyball at the Olympics wear bikinis as their uniform, but it’s not required.

The rules allow women different options, including long and short pants and more conservative attire for those whose religious beliefs require it.

But almost all of the athletes go for the two-piece swimsuits because there are fewer places to trap sand that chafes against your skin.

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