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Japan Designs 2024 Olympic Uniforms To Block Pervs From Using Infrared Cameras

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Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan. 25th July, 2021. Aiko Sugihara of Japan during the women’s artistic gymnastics qualification at the Olympics at Ariake Gymnastics Center, Tokyo, Japan. Kim Price/CSM/Alamy Live News

Japanese athletes competing at the 2024 Paris Olympics will be sporting a new kind of armor—uniforms designed to deflect infrared cameras. Developed by sportswear giant Mizuno in collaboration with Sumitomo Metal Mining and Kyodo Printing, the gear effectively blocks infrared rays that can penetrate traditional fabrics. What gives? Well, the resulting clothing remains opaque under infrared scrutiny, a design feature the nation deems necessary following past incidents in which depraved voyeurists tried to see through uniforms with these cameras.

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