Rhythmic gymnasts are objecting to their sport being re-named ‘Dancing’, with the ribbons, ropes, shiny balls and hula-hoops around which they traditionally wriggle banned, making space for a second human instead.
But the new rules will allow them to continue wearing tiny glitter-coated leotards and excessive make-up, providing their ‘dance partner’ is in a similar costume.
Chinese world champion Mi Xing has been especially critical of the proposal, believing that her petite build will impede her ability to throw a man into the air, do a somersault, and smoothly catch him in the nape of her neck.
But a rhythmic gymnastics spokeswoman is adamant that the move to ‘dancing’ will be a success.
‘These girls have been writhing round shiny balls all their life – so there should be no problem replacing them with camp ballroom dancers,’ she said.