South Korea’s Olympic committee on Wednesday unveiled Zika-proof long-sleeved shirts and pants it says will help protect the country’s Olympic athletes from the mosquito-borne virus at this year’s games in Rio de Janeiro, the AP reports.
The sets of clothing will be impregnated with mosquito-repellent chemicals and will be worn by athletes during ceremonies and training and at the athletes’ village, the Korean Olympic Committee says.
The committee notes 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 competitions.
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