Germany has unveiled its team outfits for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and some people are interpreting the colourful uniforms as a statement about Russia's anti-gay laws. But the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) denies the outfits were designed with a message in mind, Der Spiegel reports.
The uniforms are certainly colourful — with a blue, white, yellow and green jacket over red and orange pants for female athletes (men wear white pants), as well as toques in bright blue and red, they cover a wide spectrum. German designer Willy Bogner created the outfits, which he says are an homage to the visual style of the 1972 Munich Summer Games.
Bogner told Der Spiegel the outfits are intended as a "celebratory design" inspired by the '72 games, and a spokesperson for the DOSB told Die Tageszeitung that "the uniforms are not a protest," and that the jackets were designed before the controversy over Russia's anti-gay laws began.
But some members of the public think there's more going on. People have taken to Twitter to comment on the uniforms and the possible message behind them.
German Olympic official Michael Vesper also denied there was any political message in the outfit design, saying "this is just a fashionable jacket." Not everyone agrees with the "fashionable" part.
@Honigstein wrote "German Olympic teams have often been dressed embarrassingly bad, but the Sochi outfits cap it all off," while @GermanAtPompey tweeted "The German team kit for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi has just been unveiled. It's erm... different."
Via Der Spiegel