Columbian Women’s Cycling Uniforms Spark Controversy
There has been an enormous amount of media attention on Columbian women’s cycling team’s uniform that features flesh coloured part between stomach and thighs. It is being said that it attracting sexual attention to the rider’s private parts.
The Guardian went to the extent of saying that it resembled an “unwanted, half-dressed Barbie doll, hanging out of a bin.”
Steyleite , one of the defenders called the design ”Masterpieces of fashion ad feminism.” They added that “The world might not yet be ready for nude illusion yet, but give it one more season.”
Brian Cookson, International Cycling Union President has said that the uniform is “Unacceptable by any standard of decency.”
But in spite of those sharp criticisms, the team said that they would not stop wearing those uniforms.
One of the team members, Angie Rojas said,” I’ve already said that I designed the uniform and as an athlete, as a woman, and as the cyclist that I am, I wouldn’t be ashamed with this kind of design.”
Rojas has also made a name for herself in the world of athletics. As a 22 year old, she has won national titles in cycling and skating. She is also a sports journalist.
She retorted against the controversy via a twitter comment that read,” The uniform may not be the most beautiful and we may not like it, but there’s no need for certain comments.”
For the past nine months, they are wearing these uniforms.
The outfit was so potentially controversial that the BBC was compelled to censor the photos of the women wearing the uniform. Twitter also marked those photos with “sensitive material” warning.
People were outraged over the social media after the photographs were released.
Brian Cookson said,” The UCI will be sending a letter to the Columbian federation reminding them of their responsibility regarding article 1.3.046 in the control of regional and club team kits that compete in international events.”
Nicole Cook, former British Olympic champion tweeted,” This has turned the sport into a joke. Girls stand up for yourselves – say no.”