Two-times defending world champions Italy, a country that prides itself on fashion sense, topped the list of offenders while 1986 champions the United States, 1992 Olympic gold medallists Brazil, Argentina, Poland, Russia and Turkey will all see their world championship earnings deducted.
During the women’s championships, which ended last Thursday, five teams were also fined for refusing to wear skintight, swimsuit style uniforms.
Volleyball’s world governing body, the FIVB, said in a statement that the men’s outfits, “do not comply with the FIVB uniforms standards for international competitions. The shirts are too loose and do not fit the body, therefore a $3,000 fine, deductible from team prize money, is imposed.
The men can also expect a dressing down from FIVB president Ruben Acosta, who launched a scathing attack on the women for their resistence to the new uniforms which have been designed to try and help make the sport more attractive to television, sponsors and advertisers.
The seven men’s teams can now be ruled out as contenders for the championships best-dressed team award.
The FIVB is offering a $10,000 prize to entice teams to adopt the new figure-hugging uniforms.