Why do athletes have to wear so many stickers and labels ?

Watching the World Athletic Championships on TV, I am bemused why athletes, particularly the some of the more petite female ones, are forced to wear a giant sticker with an enormous number on their front and their back, which are always flimsily held on with safety pins, and then have to put further stickers on each leg showing what lane they are in.

Surely they could come up with a better system or some smaller labels. It's like labelling overkill.

1 comment:

David Anthony said...

Because otherwise I'd have trouble locating 'Athlete 1100' in my encyclopedia of world athletes.

On-screen titles?

What is this witchcraft you speak of??