Sarah Voss says she desires to be a “role model for young gymnasts who don’t feel very safe in every situation” after she competed in a full-body go well with on the European Championships final week.
The German’s outfit defied conference as beforehand girls and ladies had solely coated their legs in worldwide competitors for spiritual causes.
Voss hopes others will observe her lead.
“It does not say that everyone should do it, it just says that everyone can do whatever they want,” stated Voss.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Naga Munchetty present, Voss stated the mission had been a 12 months within the making.
The 21-year-old added: “If they feel safe they can wear a normal leotard if they like it. If there is a certain point they think they would feel better in a long leotard, then they should do it.
“For me, it does not say I’ve to put on an extended leotard sooner or later each time. It is determined by how I’m feeling and the way I’d prefer to carry out.”
Two of the German’s team-mates, Kim Bui and Elisabeth Seitz, also wore the full-body suit – which cover the athletes’ legs to the ankles – during the women’s all-around final on Friday.
The German federation said its gymnasts were taking a stand against “sexualisation in gymnastics”.
The International Gymnastics Federation rules allow competitors to wear a “one-piece leotard with full-length legs”, supplied it’s of chic design.
“To do splits and jumps, typically the leotards aren’t masking all the pieces, typically they slip and that is why we invented a brand new type of leotard so that everybody feels protected round competitions and coaching,” Voss defined.
“Every time you don’t feel protected it is distracting you from what you wish to carry out. I believe that feeling protected and never eager about what different folks can or can’t see is kind of relieving when you may compete like that.
“Some girls quit this beautiful sport [because of having to wear leotards] so that is why this is a great option for everyone to stay in the sport they love and don’t think about anything else about their body – just about their performance.”
Speaking to BBC Sportsday, British-Jamaican gymnast Danusia Francis stated the fits “gives the power of choice back” to the athletes and will “open the door” for extra girls within the sport.
The full interview might be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Naga Munchetty present at 10:00 BST on Wednesday, or you may listen back on BBC Sounds.
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