Official Olympics, Paralympics Uniforms Unveiled

Official Olympics, Paralympics uniforms unveiled

The official uniforms that Japanese athletes will wear for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been unveiled.

Thirteen athletes introduced the uniforms at an event on Friday in Tokyo. They included female judoka Akira Sone and track and field Paralympian Atsushi Yamamoto.

Olympians and Paralympians are to wear the uniforms when they attend medal awards ceremonies and stay in athletes' villages.

The main color of the uniforms is a vivid color called "sunrise red." The sportswear features the design that is common to the two Games and also used in the uniforms for the opening ceremonies.

The outfits are made from threads recycled from about four tons of sportswear donated from across the country under the theme of "sustainability."

The uniforms use mesh of big and small sizes in the back and under the armpit to let air through to help ease the summer heat.

The T-shirts and polo shirts highlight "diversity" as they are made of a single cloth with various patterns.

Yamamoto said he will do his best so he can stand on the podium in the uniform that represents the support of the people.

Marathon runner Yuma Hattori joked that he was nervous and sweating until just a short time ago, but he is now feeling good thanks to his uniform.

Sone said the uniform is comfortable to wear. She said she is determined to prepare well and stand on the podium with the highest honor.