U.S. rowers to wear antimicrobial training suits in Rio
The U.S. Olympic rowing teams have been outfitted with new, antimicrobial training suits ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to the Associated Press.
The suits, which are manufactured by athletic apparel company Boathouse Sports, are one piece, and feature an anti-microbial finish.
The company also makes the team’s competition suits, which do not feature the anti-microbial design. The rowers have the option to use the practice suit in competition, and the entire team must wear the same uniform.
The concern about bacteria comes as the waterways being used for the rowing and canoeing events at the games have been found to be heavily contaminated.
The Olympics will be held from Aug. 5 to 21.