South Korea unveils 'Zika-proof' Olympic uniforms

South Korea is hoping to protect its athletes from Zika-carrying mosquitoes with the unveiling of new, long-sleeve uniforms ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

SOUTH KOREA (Reuters) - They're not the typical uniform of South Korea's Olympic athletes.

But with just 100 days to go until the Summer Games kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...

South Korea's Olympic Committee has unveiled new designs it says will keep the team well-protected from Zika-carrying mosquitoes.

Kim Soo-Jung is a designer at fashion brand Bean Pole.

He said in Korean: "We designed the uniform with long sleeves, long pants and socks so that it protects the entire skin down to the ankles."

An outbreak of Zika has been linked to numerous cases of the microcephaly birth defect in Brazil... leaving some athletes wary of attending the Games.

Han Hye Lyoung, a member of South Korea's hockey squad, says everyone will have to be vigilant.

Han said: "Even though we can prevent Zika virus by wearing long-sleeve uniforms, we should still take good care to protect ourselves from mosquitoes in Rio."

With their uniforms sorted for the Olympic ceremonies, all the athletes need to do now... is keep on practicing.