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Underwear row intensifies
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Race authorities have called for a rule change on underwear. It follows a dispute over Tina Maze's controversial undergarments. FIS says plastic underwear is not allowed.

The Slovenian ski racer flashed her sports bra at the weekend after the Swiss team made a complaint in a previous race that her underwear gave her a competitive edge.

The Swiss protested after the Super-G earlier this month in Bad Kleinkircheim, Austria.

They said the plastic level in Tina Maze's one-piece garment exceeded International Ski Federation (FIS) rules, giving her an aerodynamic edge.

The President of FIS, Gian Franco Kasper, has now weighed in to the debate. "We have to change our rules. ... It has to be made very clear that if underwear is plastified, it is forbidden."

FIS took her underwear away for tests but said it had passed permeability tests.

"Last week this thing was pretty popular so I joked in my room with my underwear and I wrote this, which said it's not your business what I'm wearing (for) underwear because underwear is one thing and under race suit is another thing," Tina Maze said.

"I just want to make clear what's one thing and what's the other."

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