VE TV would love it. The notorious purveyors of Topless Darts, Painted Ladies and Big City Tips should be in Japan this week, where women's teams competing in the World Championships in Tokuyama have been told that in the interests of the sport they must flash more flesh. The naked truth is that beach volleyball, largely performed in states of near-undress by part-time models, has cast its dowdier relative in an unfavourable light, and the authorities have introduced several measures to make the traditional six-a-side version more attractive to punters. Brightly coloured balls are among the new measures, but the most controversial of the new ideas is the stipulation that the women must wear shorts only half as long as the men. The shorter shorts should be "tight in waist and length" and "cut in an upward angle towards the top of the leg". The new rules also "encourage", without ordering, women to wear a one- piece swimsuit-style outfit rather than the traditional shorts and top. Rumours that lap-dancing is to be introduced between sets are thought to be unfounded. Not surprisingly, the brave semi-nude world met with little approval from the teams.
Italian side Imoco Volley Conegliano stripped down after securing their third Serie A triumph in four years with a victory over Igor Novara. However, their last match was a dramatic encounter — lasting five sets with the champs claiming a narrow, two-point victory in a tiebreaker. And Imoco players found a creative way of celebrating their hard-fought title — leaving little to the imagination. They stripped down and posed for a group picture behind the trophy while also biting the commemorative medals they received. A couple of them, Joanna Wolosz and Marta Bechis, then opted for solo snaps, using the mammoth cup as a fig leaf. The club has quickly risen to the top after it was founded in following the bankruptcy of Spesa Volley. Read Next.
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Italian side Imoco Volley Conegliano stripped down after securing their third Serie A triumph in four years with a victory over Igor Novara. Imoco didn't give Novara a chance, winning all three games of the final Serie A1 play-off round. However, their last match was a dramatic encounter - lasting five sets with the champs claiming a narrow, two-point victory in a tiebreaker. And Imoco players found a creative way of celebrating their hard-fought title - leaving little to the imagination.