Germany's gymnastic team is taking a stand against sexism at the Tokyo Olympics in an effort to make their sport "safer" for newcomers and young women by wearing unitards instead of the usual leotards.

And recently, they've released a huge statement about their powerful decision.


Speaking to CNN, German gymnast Elisabeth Seitz said: "It's about what feels comfortable. We wanted to show that every woman, everybody, should decide what to wear.

"We decided this is the most comfortable leotard for today. That doesn't mean we don't want to wear the normal leotard anymore. It is a decision day by day, based on how we feel and what we want. On competition day, we will decide what to wear."

She continued, explaining how the reaction to the move has been generally positive: "Most people were positive about it. But after the European championships, the time was way too short for others to design a unitard. Maybe in the future. We really hope so."

And fellow gymnast Sarah Voss also added that the coaches were all on board with the decision as they wanted the girls to be "comfortable."

"We girls had a big influence on this. The coaches were also very much into it. They said they want us to feel the most confident and comfortable in any case. It just makes you feel better and more comfortable."

The news comes shortly after the women's Norwegian handball team also decided to defy their sporting rules and opt to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms at the European Beach Handball Championships last weekend.

In an attempt to stand against the "sexist rules," the team flouted clothing regulations for their bronze medal match against Spain. The game took place in Bulgaria, Europe, but was catapulted into the global limelight after the controversial move evoked strong reactions from audiences.

Subsequently, the Norwegian team lost their match, and, afterward, just to add salt to the wound, the entire team was fined €1,500 ($1,769) by The European Handball Federation (EHF) because they wore shorts during their match. The EHF cited "improper clothing" as their reason for the hefty fine.

Thankfully, just like the German team, an outpour of support has been given to the Norwegian team from fans and celebrities Singer/songwriter Pink decided to use her platform to speak out on the issue and even offered to pay their fines.

"I'm VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR "uniform". The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I'll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up," she wrote.

It's great to see these powerful women standing against sexism in sport. I'm disgusted that we're still having to live with the consequences of a patriarchal society in 2021, but hopefully, if we continue to come together to fight for gender equality, it will be a conversation of the past.