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The Israeli CrossFit team decided to compete in bras. Was it a joke or a pro-LGBT statement?

The World CrossFit Regional Championship is taking place in Madrid this week, and the men from the CrossFit TLV club are participating--in style.

In what looked to be a bold move to support more LGBTQ inclusion in pro sports, the three athletes, Avi Yona, Ram Dover, and Gil Lior, caught everyone off guard by removing their team shirts to reveal brightly colored sports bras.


The audience clearly loved the moment. In an otherwise serious and generally macho competition, the gesture was considered a statement for gay rights (Pride month starts on June 1st in Israel), but the team later clarified that it was simply meant to bring some color and playfulness into the event.

Regardless, this symbol of gender-fluidity is not lost, especially in a time when more and more athletes are going out of their way to promote respect and protection for their LGBTQ teammates.

One of the sports commentators, audible in the video below, says that the entire team of athletes wearing sports bras is "the most outrageous thing I've ever seen." Really?! The life of a sports commentator must be very dull.

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