The German females’s gymnastics group decided to put on full-body matches in qualifications at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday in a step they said was developed to promote flexibility of choice as well as motivate women to wear what makes them really feel comfy.
The group, made up of Sarah Voss, Pauline Schaefer-Betz, Elisabeth Seitz and Kim Bui, completed in red and white unitards, which are combined leotards and tights reaching the ankles. They wore similar clothing throughout training on Thursday and stated they can selected to wear them again in competition.
Voss stated the group had actually reviewed their option of clothes prior to contending on Sunday and had actually settled on the unitard. “As you are maturing as a female, it is quite tough to get made use of to your brand-new body in a manner,” the 21-year-old claimed.
” We intend to make sure every person really feels comfortable and also we reveal everyone that they can wear whatever they want as well as look incredible, feel outstanding, whether it remains in a lengthy leotard or a short one.”
Voss said the group– which used full-body fits at the European champions in April in a relocation aimed at responding to the sexualisation of the sport– were keen for the trend to catch on. “We intend to be a good example in any case, to make everybody have the courage to follow us,” Voss claimed.
The Germans’ choice to put on unitards made them praise from fellow rivals in Tokyo.
” I believe it’s actually great that they have the guts to depend on such a big field and reveal women from all over the world that you can use whatever you desire,” claimed Norwegian gymnast Julie Erichsen. “I applaud them for that.”
Over the last few years acrobatics has actually been rocked by widespread situations of sex-related as well as physical abuse, triggering the intro of new safety procedures implied to secure athletes.
For females, the common competition outfit is a leotard, with long, half-length sleeved and sleeveless garments allowed.Outfits covering legs are authorized in international competitors but to day they have been used almost solely for religious reasons.
In July, Norway’s women’s beach handball team had likewise protested against sexualisation in the sporting activity by deciding to put on shorts as opposed to bikini bottoms at a European champion match in Bulgaria. The team was fined 1,500 Euros ($1,764) for being “incorrectly dressed” based on the policies.