Soul Cap Swimming Caps for Natural Black Hair Barred from 2021 Olympic Games

Soul Cap Swimming Caps for Natural Black Hair Barred from 2021 Olympic Games

Soul Cap, a Black-owned line of inclusive swimming caps, has been denied certification for use in aggressive swimming by the International Swimming Federation (FINA). The model, which gives comfy swimming choices for these with Afro hair, locs, braids, and other forms of voluminous pure hair, is not going to be allowed through the 2021 Olympic video games alongside lower-level competitions held by FINA, in response to a report by Metro UK.

The certification was denied approval on the grounds that to their “best knowledge, the athletes competing at the International events never used, neither require to use, caps of such size and configuration,” in response to a press launch from Soul Caps. Brand representatives additionally say the rejection additionally described the swim caps as unsuitable attributable to their shapes not “following the natural form of the head.”

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In response to FINA’s denial, Soul Cap founders Michael Chapman and Toks Ahmed issued a response, which might be discovered on the model’s Instagram. It reads as follows. 

“We hoped to further our work for diversity in swimming through having our caps certified for competition, so swimmers at any level don’t have to choose between the sport they love and their hair. We feel there’s always room for improvement, but there’s only so much grassroots and small brands can do – we need the top to be receptive to positive change. For younger swimmers, feeling included and seeing yourself in a sport at a young age is crucial. FINA’s recent dismissal could discourage many younger athletes from pursuing the sport as they progress through local, county, and national competitive swimming.

“This is not simply concerning the Olympics. This can be concerning the decrease leagues of competitors swimming — for swimmers at an age the place feeling included is so pivotal of their improvement and objectives. We do not see this rejection as a setback, however moderately an opportunity to open up an essential dialogue and make a much bigger distinction. The response and assist round this problem has been phenomenal. We hope our story highlights the dearth of variety in aquatics and drives long-term change in sporting guidelines.”

Allure reached out to FINA and USA Swimming for comment. Neither responded before time of publication. To learn more about Soul Cap and its mission, visit

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