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SPORT Wimbledon takes on branded bras

A number of women tennis players at the Wimbledon Championships were told to play without their sports bras after the gar- ments were adjudged to have fallen foul of the tour- nament’s stricter guidance for on-court clothing. The new rules, intro-

duced by Wimbledon’s organiser – the Lawn Tennis Association – shortly before this year’s event, aim to tighten the “all white” dress code. Te rules were brought in

to clamp down on players wearing coloured, branded underwear – seen as a way for players’ spon- sor companies to promote themselves covertly without being an official tournament partner. While event organisers are within their

Women at Wimbledon are facing stricter rules on non-white garments Speaking on BBC5 Live, Cash said: “Some of

rights to take measures against covert market- ing, however, forcing female athletes to remove their bras at Wimbledon has stirred up a strong reaction from players past and present. Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash con- demned the rules, calling them “ridiculous”.

the girls have been told to go back and change their bras and tops because they had slight colour on them. I believe some of the girls didn’t have suitable sports bras and had to go with- out them. It has absolutely gone ridiculous.” Meanwhile, five-time Wimbledon champion

Venus Williams tweeted that she planned to ignore the rule by wearing a colourful bra. Details:

Chelsea eyes Stamford Bridge expansion

Chelsea Football Club has named Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) as lead architects to explore how the club can increase stadium capacity at Stamford Bridge. Te London-based archi-

tectural firm will carry out a feasibility study to review dif- ferent improvement options for the home of Chelsea, such as installing decking over the railway line to the east and north of the stadium. Chelsea previously looked

at moving away from the area, with Earls Court, White City and Battersea Power Station all mooted as possible locations. However, the club faced opposition from supporters and later opted for expansion instead of a move. “A study of the area from Fulham Broadway

Stamford Bridge has been home to Chelsea Football Club for 109 years

town centre to Stamford Bridge and beyond has been commissioned by Chelsea Football Club’s owner Roman Abramovich,” read a statement released by the London club. “This study will review the potential for

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improvements to publicly-owned areas along Fulham Road and the area around the football ground, including the possibility of decking over the railway lines to the east and north of the ground. Tis could create landscaped public walkways and cycleways, while also reducing pedestrian traffic on match days. Te study will also assess feasibility of an expan- sion within existing site boundaries.” Details:

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