South Korea’s Olympic athletes should be protected from the mosquito-borne Zika virus at this years Olympics.
South Korea’s Olympic committee has unveiled the country’s Zika-Proof outfits, consisting of long-sleeved shirts and pants impregnated with mosquito-repellent chemicals
The athletes will wear their new outfits during ceremonies, training and at the athletes’ village in Rio de Janeiro this summer.
The committee said it couldn’t make changes to the uniforms worn during competition because of strict rules and performance concerns, although athletes will be allowed to use spray during competition.
Brazil has been fighting to stem the spread of the Zika virus which is known to cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than normal. The threat of Zika has emerged as a major concern in the buildup to this year’s Olympics along with construction delays and the political turmoil in Brazil.
A team of South Korean government and Olympic officials visited Rio de Janeiro earlier this month to inspect Olympic venues and local hospitals that could treat the infected. The Korean Olympic Committee said it expects to soon provide guidelines to Olympic athletes and others travelling to the games about how to protect themselves from Zika.
The U.S. team revealed its outfits for the closing ceremonies outfits Wednesday, and they don’t seem as worried. The men and women will wear shorts.