The German Olympic team on Tuesday revealed its uniforms for the upcoming winter games in Russia, and many immediately saw them as a swipe at the host country’s anti-gay laws — the bright, rainbow-colored uniforms invoke the rainbow flag of the has become a symbol of the gay rights movement.
But a German Olympic official says it’s just “fashionable.”
Russia has come under fire ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi for its record on gay rights, including a recent law that bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.”
The official description says the German uniforms “were created using colors and materials specially tailored to the conditions in Sochi, Spiegel Online reports.
“This is just a fashionable jacket,” said Michael Vesper, a German Olympic official.