Saturday, November 27, 2010

Singapore's Controversial Water Polo Swim Trunks - Asian Games 2010!

By Associated Press:

Singapore Rebukes Water Polo Team's Racy Swimsuits

Singapore. Singapore has rebuked its national water polo team for wearing swim trunks that feature an “inappropriate” likeness of the city-state’s flag.

The trunks, which were designed by members of the men’s team currently competing in the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, show the flag’s white crescent moon jutting up from the groin area with five stars to the side on a red background.

“Unfortunately the team did not seek our advice on the use of the crescent moon and stars when they designed their swim trunks,” the Information Ministry said in a statement Thursday. “We would have told them that their design is inappropriate as we want elements of the flag to be treated with dignity.”

The ministry, which normally evaluates the use of the flag on uniforms on a case-by-case basis, declined to specify which part of the design was objectionable.

The trunks sparked a controversy in the local media and in internet message boards, with some offended by the use of the national flag while others amused at the furore.

“Does is look suggestive, obscene even?” said Sylvia Toh in a commentary in The New Paper. “On a Chippendale, on the chubby chance of crescent turning into full moon, my hackles would be raised and it would amount to defacing our flag.”

“On our national team, for any sport, it’s appropriate.”

Asian Games rules stipulate that a team’s uniform cannot be changed in the middle of the tournament so the government will allow the water polo players to wear the trunks when they play Kuwait on Thursday for fifth place. The team apologized and said it would retire the trunks after the Asian Games.

“We didn’t have the slightest intention to do anything funny on our trunks to insult Singapore,” team manager Samuel Wong, who helped design the trunks, told the Straits Times.

The Straits Times reported that anyone found guilty of misusing the flag can be fined up to a maximum of $1,000.

So, here are the pictures of the controversial swimming trunks. You guys can judge for yourself ya! ..And I wonder what our Malaysian government will comment if the crescent & star are places in the center of the trunk?!! Yikes!



William said...

In my opinion, having it smaller and more to the side would be more aesthethically-pleasing.


can we have the malaysia flag on it too? lol

Anonymous said...

These guys are a little flabby & need to eat less.


SZ said...

mister international 2010 pls! :D

Mr.D said...

water polo is my fav aquatic sports, a group of hunky guys wrestling wet with each other~~ so turn on~~~

Takashi said...

I dont think its skimpy at all.. in fact, it's so ah piaow.. so uncle...

simonlover said...

@Agree! It looks uglier because some of the team members made it so!

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