'Every woman should decide what to wear' - Germany's gymnasts protest in full body suits
Elite female athletes have been taking a stand across all sports in recent weeks to protest the unfair and unequal dress-code expectations for them when compared to their male team-mates. Today the gymnasts from Germany made their protest in the qualification round, donning full-body suits rather than leotards.
Elisabeth Seitz of Team Germany competes in the floor exercise during Women's Qualification
Germany's female gymnasts wore full-body suits as they competed in the qualification round at the Olympics as part of their protest against unfair, uncomfortable, sexualised dress codes in sport.
Sarah Voss, Pauline Schaefer-Betz, Elisabeth Seitz and Kim Bui all wore red and white outfits that covered their bodies to the ankles - a sharp contrast to the traditional leotards that are usually seen in competition.
They had worn similar outfits for practice last week, and Seitz was quoted as saying that it was "about what feels comfortable".
We wanted to show that every woman, everybody, should decide what to wear."
This is the second time Germany have protested on the international stage about these dress codes - they wore similar outfits at the European Championships earlier this year, and Voss said then that they wanted to help young women feel safer and more comfortable while competing.
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