London: Soldiers will be replaced by women players. Bearskins will fade to give way to bikinis and the sun adding a wam tinge to the Horse Guards Parade here for the beach volleyball event of the London Olympics may get temperatures soaring. The participants though insist it is all about playing well and securing medals for them regardless of what the real reason for the sport's popularity may be.
Introduced as a sport in the Olympics in 1996, beach volleyball has been popular among sports enthusiasts and is expected to draw large crowds here over the next few weeks. While the sparse sunlight may also be seen as a reason to come out in large numbers, it is now in common knowledge that players in bikinis rather than Vitamin D will be the main attraction. Even British Prime Minister David Cameron was quoted as saying in The Guardian that 'he is interested in the sport.' "I'm not going to cut down the trees at No10 so I can get a better view, though there is an enormous temptation," he was reported to have said.