After France, Britain and the U.S. caused an uproar on their uniforms (for being ugly, unpatriotic and unpatriotic, respectively), Egypt must have felt excluded. So delegates from Egypt to the 2012 London Olympic Games, reports the Telegraph, will be equipped in imitation Nike and Adidas.
NIKE - Olympic smoother drama!
Interestingly, the Egyptian Olympic Committee is aware that his uniform supplier are given imitation goods. General Committee Chairman Ahmed Ali Mahmoud told AP: "We signed with a Chinese distributor in light of the economic situation in Egypt."
Because IP is not no thang. Players verified the uncomfortable situation. Yomna Khallaf, competing in synchronized swimming Egypt, tweeted that her purse had Olympic giant Nike logo. and that the racks were labelled "Adidas".
According to the BBC, the COE and Nike are now "in discussions" on the issue. Although a bit late to pull the plug on all uniforms, and the whole thing starts tomorrow, perhaps Egypt could take a page from the book of Ralph Lauren and basically promise to do better next time.
Which sounds sensible in a country struggling, why waste thousands of dollars in brand athletic team? But definitely not to Nike. The company sent a letter to the Egyptian Olympic Committee, saying that "Nike always act to protect their brand and actively engages with the police and customs authorities to detain counterfeit product reaching consumers and athletes." In other words, do not buy the fake stuff.
If Nike forgive Egypt savings or down hard on the issue of imitation? Read more at Sports.Yahoo.com. Nike announced that it will donate uniforms to the team of Egypt - a shipment of Nike certifiable equipment arrive on Saturday in London, writes AP.
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