Sexualisation in Gymnastics Apr 26, 2021 21:08:46 GMT
Post by Admin on Apr 26, 2021 21:08:46 GMT
She did not break any rules, but Sarah Voss's full-body suit this week at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships defied convention.
Until now women and girls have only covered their legs in international competition for religious reasons.
Voss, from Germany, said she was proud of her decision and she was supported by her country's gymnastics federation.
Two team-mates then did the same on Friday, wearing full-body suits during the women's all-around final.
The German federation (DTB) said its gymnasts performing in the Swiss city of Basel were taking a stand against "sexualisation in gymnastics", adding that the issue had become all the more important to prevent sexual abuse.
"We hope gymnasts uncomfortable in the usual outfits will feel emboldened to follow our example," said Voss.
'I began feeling increasingly uncomfortable'
Voss explained her decision in an interview with public broadcaster ZDF: "We women all want to feel good in our skin. In the sport of gymnastics it gets harder and harder as you grow out of your child's body. As a little girl I didn't see the tight gym outfits as such a big deal. But when puberty began, when my period came, I began feeling increasingly uncomfortable."
The German federation said sport and gymnastics should be fields where female athletes felt comfortable in their clothing at all times.
In a message posted on Instagram on Thursday, Voss described the decision as a project "close to the hearts of our team". Her performance on the beam had not gone as well as she had hoped, she said, but her message won widespread praise. "Feeling good and still looking elegant? Why not?" she wrote.
Under the rules of the international gymnastics federation (FIG) competitors are allowed to wear a "one-piece leotard with full-length legs - hip to ankle", provided it is of elegant design.
Seitz said everyone trained in full-body outfits and then at one point asked themselves why they should not do the same in competition.