Union Minister for Youth and Sports Kiren Rijiju said on Wednesday that the contingent linked to the Indian Olympic League will not wear branded clothing at the upcoming Olympics. He also said that only India will be written in the Athletics Kits at the Tokyo Olympics, all of which will start on July 23rd. “Indian athletes, coaches and support staff will not wear branded clothing at the Local Olympics. ‘INDIA’ will be written on our Athletes’ kits,” tweeted Rijiju.
Indian athletes, coaches and support staff will not wear any clothing brand at the Tokyo Olympics.
Only ‘INDIA’ will be written on our Athletes kits. pic.twitter.com/L0mql1D96s
– Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 9, 2021
Earlier, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Sunlight Sports (Brand Li Ning) jointly reached an agreement to organize the sports equipment of the Indian Olympic team for Tokyo 2020, sponsored by the IOA.
The agreement was reached in consideration of the safety and comfort of the athletes, replacing the logistical challenges facing the IOA as a result of the ongoing state of COVID-19 blockade in the country.
“More than 100 athletes from India have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Athletes are in training camps in several Indian states and cities – some of which are isolated bubbles to prepare for the upcoming Olympics,” an official note says.
Combined with extensive training camps with the constantly evolving state of COVID-19 in India, the IOA has faced unprecedented logistical challenges to meet the attire requirements of participating Indian athletes.
Because of these challenges, the Indian Olympic Association has asked Sunlight Sports to nominate IOA local manufacturers who know the measurements of Athletes ’apparel to produce and supply sports equipment for the Indian Olympic Team.
On Tuesday, the IOA decided that the nation’s Athletes would wear unbranded sportswear at the Olympics to be held in Tokyo from July 23, 2021 to August 8, 2021.
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