Source: Tokyo Times
With its positively preposterous pace and velodrome verve, keirin can be quite a spectacle; however, in Japan, with betting by far the main focus of its followers, a lot of the sport’s allure simply passes by without much appreciation.
This then is perhaps the reason why the powers that be have opted to put a bit of pizzazz back into proceedings, by having special events that boldly boast the gamble of girls on bikes.
This is pretty tame by the rest of the world's standards. Many countries have had women athletes naked in magazines or calendars to being exposure to their sport.
Canadian Biathlon Team
German 2008 Olympic team
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