Female beach volleyball players will be allowed to wear less revealing clothes at the London Olympics should they wish after the rules on clothing were relaxed.
The changes have come about as a move to respect the cultural and religious beliefs of competing nations.
The sport has gained notoriety in previous Olympics for the women's skimpy bikinis or body suits, which have been mandatory for participants.
But Federation spokesman Richard Baker insisted that the rule change was necessary.
"Many of these countries have religious and cultural requirements," Baker said, "so the uniform needed to be more flexible".
The modified rule permits "shorts of a maximum length of three centimetres above the knee, and sleeved or sleeveless tops".
The rule already applies in the Continental Cup, a tournament which provides teams with a route to the Olympics and is designed to encourage more countries into the sport.
With 142 nations participating in those events, the rules on outfits were relaxed.
Women will still be able to wear the familiar bikinis should they wish to this summer when the Olympic competition takes place at the Horse Guards Parade in London.
And Baker believes that many will still wear the same attire as before.
"We don't think we will see much change (in uniforms) on the World Tour," Baker said.