SOUTH KOREA UNVEILS ANTI-ZIKA UNIFORM

South Korea’s stars will wear track­suits which have been in­fused with in­sect re­pel­lant de­signed to keep mos­qui­toes away, as well as long pants and blaz­ers for the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies.

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The Rio Olympics are less than 100 days away and it seems South Korean ath­letes are tak­ing no chances when it comes to the threat of con­tract­ing the Zika virus.

South Korea’s stars will wear track­suits which have been in­fused with in­sect re­pel­lant de­signed to keep mos­qui­toes away, as well as long pants and blaz­ers for the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies.

Ath­letes are not al­lowed to have their ac­tual kit in­fused, but will be able to spray them­selves with re­pel­lent be­fore com­pet­ing. The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion de­clared Zika a global pub­lic health emer­gency three months ago. The virus has been shown to cause mi­cro­cephaly in ba­bies and is linked to some cases of mus­cle-weak­en­ing dis­ease Guil­lain-Barré syn­drome in adults. The US Cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion has told preg­nant women to stay away from ar­eas where Zika is preva­lent and has is­sued guidelines for those who may wish to be­come preg­nant. Other na­tions, such as Ger­many, have yet to adopt South Korea’s ap­proach, in­stead tak­ing a more ca­sual ap­proach to leisure wear. Team USA marked 100 days to go with a rather low key cer­e­mony. Aus­tralia un­veiled its new range of Olympic uniform in Syd­ney with the tra­di­tional green and gold fea­tur­ing heav­ily. Great Bri­tain, which hosted the Games in 2012, launched its new kit with the help of world and Olympic hep­tathlon cham­pion Jes­sica En­nis-Hill. The Olympics run from Au­gust 5 to 21 with the Par­a­lympics start­ing on September 7 and con­clud­ing on September 18.

Stella McCart­ney de­signed Great Bri­tain’s out­fits for the Games.

South Korea un­veiled its new Olympic fashion range with 100 days un­til the Rio Games.

Aus­tralia’s ath­letes will wear this out­fit for the open­ing cer­e­mony in Rio.

Par­a­lympic eques­trian star Syd­ney Col­lier poses with samba dancers dur­ing Team USA’s Road to Rio Tour event

Ger­many’s ath­letes show off what they’ll be wear­ing.

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