The team competed wearing red and white unitards made by combining leotards and leggings that extended till the ankles.
In what is seen as a defining moment for gymnastics, the German women’s gymnastics team’s refusal to wear leotards and going for full body suits has resonated with women all over and especially those in Japan.
The team competed wearing red and white unitards made by combining leotards and leggings that extended till the ankles. The team showed off their modified costumes during the qualifications at the ongoing Tokyo Oympics. Through the costume, the team is hoping to change the sexualisation that has often been associated with the sport and numerous debates over the costumes worn by the athletes.
The team’s costume particularly resonated with Japanese girls who still have to wear short skirts as their school uniforms. Many Japanese girls who were also gymnasts posted on Twitter about how photographers would choose the moment they raised their legs during an event to take photographs. Many users online called the costumes ‘beautiful’ and ‘inspiring’.