A women's cycling team from Colombia has defended their flesh-coloured uniform after causing a stir on social media and attracting criticism from the International Cycling Union (UCI) president.
The otherwise conservative kit features a large patch of flesh coloured cloth across the women's lower torsos and groins, giving the impression of a cut-out revealing bare flesh.
After the pictures of the team in their "naked" uniform went viral, the president of the UCI, Brian Cookson, tweeted that the outfits were "unacceptable by any standards of decency".
The cycling body later said in a statement that it would be investigating matter: "The UCI will be sending a letter to the Colombian federation reminding them of their responsibility … in the control of regional and club team kits that compete in international events."
To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women's team kit, we are on the case. It is unacceptable by any standard of decency.— Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) September 14, 2014
In response, Angie Rojas, a member of the team who also designed the kit, told a press conference in Bogota, "I've already said that I designed the uniform and as an athlete, as a woman, as the cyclist that I am, I wouldn't be ashamed with this kind of design."
She continued, "We don't know why these things happen. But we put out souls into cycling and try to give the best for the country."
The Colombian team — which is backed by the South American country's ministry of sport and is sponsored by the capital city of Bogota — wore the outfit to take part in a cycling competition in Italy last weekend.Reuse content