U.S. rowers get antimicrobial suits for Rio games

U.S. Olympic rowers will be given a new, high-tech training suit with antimicrobial features designed to protect them against water pollution in Rio de Janeiro.

Apparel maker Boathouse Sports says the new, seamless one-piece suit is knitted with an antimicrobial finish. It also has water-repellent features to keep the rowers cool and dry.

Testing last year by The Associated Press found that the lagoon where the Olympic rowing and canoeing events will be held next month was heavily contaminated.

Boathouse Sports says the training suit to be unveiled Monday also features a “double-layered bottom construction” that allows rowers to skip underwear.

The Philadelphia-based company also makes U.S. Rowing’s official racing uniform, a more standard garment without antibacterial features but a bolder graphic design, including an American flag on the back.

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