TOKYO, July 26 (Reuters) – Protection of the Tokyo 2020 Video games by the official Olympic broadcaster will focus solely on athletes’ performances and undertake a extra gender-neutral method to filming than might have been the case up to now, its CEO stated on Monday.
The Olympic Broadcasting Providers (OBS) produces the visible feed distributed to all broadcasters all over the world. OBS CEO Yiannis Exarchos stated the main target in Tokyo, with the Video games having began on Friday, was solely on the athletes’ sporting performances.
On Sunday, the German girls’s gymnastics crew determined to put on full-body fits on the Video games as a substitute of gymnastics leotards, to counter what they stated was the sexualisation of their sport and to advertise freedom of selection, encouraging girls to put on what makes them really feel snug.
Exarchos stated whereas the OBS was not answerable for what athletes wore, it had deliberate its protection in such a manner in order to not reinforce any gender stereotypes.
“As broadcasters we don’t give directives about what the athletes ought to put on,” Exarchos stated.
“What we are able to do is to ensure our protection doesn’t spotlight or characteristic in any specific manner what individuals are sporting and whether or not the garments they’re sporting spotlight specific components of the physique that should do with stereotypes.”
Previously, broadcast protection of some sports activities reminiscent of gymnastics and seashore volleyball, the place feminine athletes’ leotards and bikinis cowl much less of the physique than that of male opponents, was criticised as stereotyping feminine athletes.
“You’ll not see in our protection some issues that now we have been seeing up to now, with particulars and close-ups in components of the physique or parts that talk about sexuality or some other sort of stereotyping of gender,” Exarchos stated.
Earlier this month Norway’s seashore handball crew was fined 1,500 euros ($1,764) for what the European Handball Federation stated was improper apparel. The ladies had determined to put on shorts as a substitute of bikini bottoms at a European championship match in Bulgaria.
Norway’s sports activities minister referred to as the choice “ridiculous” and urged a change in angle.
“It is vitally essential the way you inform the story and the way you insist on which particulars, and the main points we insist on is the sporting prowess of the athletes,” Exarchos stated.
Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Modifying by Karishma Singh
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