An Associated Press news update, found via SCAQ Blog, reported that FINA has set a firm date for the effective ban of bodysuits. As of January 1, 2010, males will be limited to briefs or jammers; and females will be limited to traditional one-pieces or non-compression short johns.
By setting a specific date for the ban, it appears FINA has removed the threat of a Michael Phelps boycott – however, it doesn’t appear as if FINA mentioned the threat made by Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman, specifically.
“FINA plans to issue new suit guidelines to manufacturers by Sept. 30, and thought about delaying implementation for a few months to give the companies enough time to produce new suits” (Associated Press).
The Associated Press is getting their information from “a person familiar with the situation,” and an official FINA press release has yet to be seen regarding this updated timeline.