Full-body fits might encourage teenage gymnasts postpone by conventional leotards to remain within the sport, in accordance with German Sarah Voss, who drew reward for sporting one on the current European Championships.
The 21-year-old Voss, who hopes to compete at this 12 months’s Olympic Video games in Tokyo, donned a full-body swimsuit on the 2021 European Creative Gymnastics Championships in Basel final month, in what was described as a stand towards sexualisation in gymnastics.
“For us, it was vital above all to achieve younger athletes as a result of it is typically mentioned that a few athletes proper now don’t need to proceed within the sport throughout puberty as a result of gown code,” Voss mentioned.
“We need to present them that us aggressive athletes additionally put on such a factor and may current ourselves this fashion and everybody ought to resolve what they want to put on.”
For feminine athletes, the usual gymnastic competitors outfit is a leotard, with lengthy, half-length sleeves and sleeveless clothes allowed.
Outfits masking legs are allowed by the gymnastics rulebook in worldwide competitions, however so far they’ve been used virtually solely for non secular causes.
The German Gymnastics Affiliation (DTB) mentioned their athletes wore the total physique swimsuit in Basel as a stand “towards sexualisation in gymnastics”.
Voss mentioned the fits might additionally assist to keep away from embarrassment.
“Gymnasts do not all the time really feel so snug coaching in leotards, additionally in gymnastics competitions, one has the sensation that they slip misplaced or might slip misplaced. And maybe that cameras or photographers can catch this poor second,” Voss mentioned.
“This bodysuit originated because of this, merely to indicate that there’s a risk and since 2012, sporting matching trousers can be allowed.”
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