While Olympics fanatics have been spending their days enjoying the US women鈥檚 gymnastics team鈥檚 #girlsquad bestie bonding, Aly Raisman鈥檚 parents鈥 nervous in-seat gymnastics and the scuba hunt for Kathleen Baker鈥檚 lost pearl earring, buzz has also been brewing over something very different. Beach volleyball is always a popular event, but this year鈥檚 matches have stirred up some controversy around what the women are wearing, what they鈥檙e not wearing and how they鈥檙e being viewed by the world.

While we were all eagerly watching for the next block and match-point, fans of the sport couldn鈥檛 help but notice that some seriously skewed views were popping up of the athletes. Twitter user Nanjala Nyabola made the distinction very clear with her side-by-side pics showing Egypt鈥檚 Doaa Elghobashy and Germany鈥檚 Kira Walkenhorst, tweeting, 鈥淔emale Gaze v. Male gaze. Photo 1 is by a female photojournalist, photo 2 is by a male photojournalist. Same match.鈥

Granted, one could argue that these two particular photographers just had different vantages of the match; however, this isn鈥檛 the only debate stirred up by this sporting event.

The fact that women athletes are not technically required to wear the revealing swimsuits (as proven by the Egyptian team, whose members choose more coverage) makes many wonder why the other athletes opt for seemingly inconvenient outfits. Honestly, don鈥檛 they fear their bits might pop out? Doesn鈥檛 sand get everywhere?

Doaa Elghobashy _ Egypt _ Women's Beach Volleyball _ Rio 2016

One answer might be viewership and sponsors. If you鈥檝e ever watched a match of beach volleyball, you鈥檒l know it鈥檚 not exactly like other sports. With live music playing and fans cheering, hooting and hollering in the stands, it definitely has more of a party atmosphere than other events. With this goes fans who are wanting to see hottie athletes in skimpy outfits. *blush*

Then, of course, many beach volleyball athletes prefer wearing bikinis BECAUSE they鈥檙e comfy in them. As pro volleyball player Jen Kessy explained in 2012: 鈥淲e鈥檙e not uncomfortable in our bikinis. Growing up in Southern California, that鈥檚 what you wear from when you鈥檙e a little kid to now in the summertime.鈥

Earlier this year, US beach volleyball team member Kerri Walsh Jennings told Huffington Post: 鈥淲hen it comes to beach volleyball, we鈥檙e playing in 100-degree-plus weather. I think we鈥檝e just gotta educate the public, take it with a grain of salt and make sure that we鈥檙e working hard and not playing up the sex appeal because it鈥檚 inherent anyway.鈥

Whether you like the swimsuits or would rather more coverage on the athletes, for now we鈥檒l just keep cheering the ladies on鈥 and hope that more women photographers take to covering the event ;)

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(Photos via Ezra Shaw/Getty)