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CAPE TOWN – A golden Protea is on the forefront of the Team South Africa kit for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The kit, sponsored by Mr Price Sport and VeldskoenTM, was unveiled on the Durban ICC on Thursday, with various athletes previous and current – together with Khotso Mokoena, Bridgitte Hartley, Anaso Jobodwana and Erin Gallagher – additionally a part of the “fashion show” styled occasion.
Four up-and-coming designers from Durban have been chosen to provide you with the look, which resulted in a giant Protea in gold on a inexperienced background.
There have been additionally varied different casual-wear gadgets reminiscent of tracksuits and T-shirts, in addition to match kits in inexperienced, white and gray colors for the competitions, opening and closing ceremonies and leisure time.
The 4 designers’ temporary was to “create a first look that’s so memorable, so outstanding, that all eyes would be on our athletes; to create an authentic South African kit that fellow competing countries would want to wear themselves”.
“(All the sponsors) are becoming a big family who have shown that we are committed to supporting our athletes… and to showcase South Africa as one of the best in the world,” Sascoc president Barry Hendricks stated.
“It is about how comfortable the athletes feel when they run out and represent their country, wearing the clothes that we are showcasing today.
“Hopefully (this event), the people that are watching this show are the young aspiring athletes – the young boys and girls – who will feel that one day, they will want to walk on this catwalk and display the clothing that they are going to wear at the Olympics and Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, and the rest.
“It’s wonderful for Team SA to be able to showcase the incredible talent of these four young designers on the biggest sports stage of all.
“We are thankful for the opportunity to put their work on the global map. Our Team SA athletes will wear the kit with pride, and the way they look and dress will be eye-catching to the rest of the competing nations.”
The Olympics begin on July 23 and finish on August 8, with the Paralympics set to kick off on August 24, ending on September 5.