A modest uniform for the Tokyo German gymnastics team.

TOKYO-ALSHARQIYA July 27: The German women's gymnastics team chose to wear full-body clothing in qualifying during the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, in a move the team said was aimed at promoting freedom of choice and encouraging women to wear what makes them feel comfortable.

The team, made up of Sarah Voss, Pauline Schaefer-Betz, Elizabeth Seitz and Kim Boye, wore red and white full-body clothing, with shorts extending to the ankles.

The team wore similar outfits at training last Thursday, and said they could be worn again during competitions.

Voss said the team discussed the outfit before competing and settled on the outfit.

Voss said the team discussed the outfit before competing and settled on the outfit.

"When you grow up as a woman, it's very difficult to get used to the new nature of your body," the 21-year-old said. "We want to make sure everyone feels comfortable. We want to show everyone that they can wear whatever they like, look great and feel it themselves, whether it's a long dress. Or short.

Voss added that the team, which wore a full-body kit to the European Gymnastics Championships last April in a move "aimed at countering the sexualization of the sport", was keen to continue this approach.

"We want to be a role model, encouraging everyone to follow our lead," she said.

The German team's decision to wear these modest clothes earned wide praise from their colleagues in Tokyo.

"I think it's really cool that they had the courage to stand in the middle of this huge hall and show all the girls in the world that they can wear whatever they want," said Norwegian gymnast Yuli Eriksen.

In recent years, many cases of sexual and physical abuse have spread in the sport, prompting the introduction of new safety protocols to protect athletes.

For women, the standard traditional gymnastics attire is a short gown, with either long, short or sleeveless sleeves.

Clothing that covers the legs is allowed in international competitions, but until now it was only worn for religious reasons.

The Tokyo Olympics are the first summer games since Larry Nassar, a former US gymnastics doctor, was sentenced to 176 years in prison for sexually harassing hundreds of gymnasts, including high-profile champions.

In the sentencing, male and female athletes, some of them Olympians, described how the prevailing culture in sports has allowed young women and girls to be abused and portrayed as sexual objects.


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