The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23.© AFP
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) decided on Tuesday that the National Athletes would wear unbranded sportswear at the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021. IOA President Narinder Batra and General Secretary Rajeev Mehta said in an official statement: “We are aware of the emotions of our fans and at an IOA we have decided to withdraw our contract with a Clothing Sponsor. Our athletes, coaches and support staff will wear unbranded clothing.”
“We are grateful for the guidance provided by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and would like to train and compete with our athletes without having to answer questions about the clothing brand. “.
IOA officials said they were aware of the efforts made by the nation’s elite athletes and their coaches and support staff and hoped for their good performance at the Olympics.
“We have had excellent synergy in the ecosystem between the IOA, the National Sports Federation, the Government and other actors,” Batra and Mehta said in their statement.
The IOA last week unveiled its Olympic team for the Tokyo Liaison Contingent and after that event, questions arose about whether there was a Chinese sponsor on the kit. Given the sentiment of the people, the Ministry of Youth and Sports advised the IOA not to include the Chinese Sponsor.
Speaking to ANI, a source familiar with the developments said that there were issues related to the Chinese Sponsor, which is why the IOA has been advised not to include the Chinese Sponsor.
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