This is actually kind of sad.
According to reports, Egypt's Olympic team is indeed getting their unis from China, but their clothing is going to be bootleg Nike pieces.
Chairman of the committee, Gen. Mahmoud Ahmed Ali explained why the team is going for this look:
"[We] signed with a Chinese distributor in light of Egypt’s economic situation."
That makes a little sense considering Egypt's recent political revolution situation.
However, Nike is not feeling Egypt's idea to dress their team with knockoff duds:
"Nike is highly concerned that if these allegations are true, the athletes will have received products that do not meet Nike’s quality standards. We are now in discussions with them to see if a solution can be reached."
Synchronized swimmer of the Egyptian team, Yomna Khallaf, doesn't like the fake Nike digs either, he said:
"It’s so frustrating that we had to pay extra 2000 (Egyptian) pounds to have other proper stuff to wear so that we can look okay not even good."
The worst part of this situation is that the items aren't even first-rate knockoffs. Apparently, the team's bags are adorned with Nike logos, but have zippers that say Adidas.
Ali is trying to make things work, but we think this is just cray, he said:
"This costs a lot of money, especially in light of the team being 112 players. Plus we have the coaches, management and doctors going."
It's sad that the Egyptian team can't afford to buy better uniforms, but what we don't understand is why they're being so open about it.
Maybe they should've kept this occurrence to themselves, because what they're doing is totally against the law.
Whatevs, if they want to wear knockoff threads, then so be it!
[Image courtesy of FinishLine.com.]