Breaking News: Team Egypt will wear knock-off uniforms [UPDATED]
Nothing could be juicier for our fashion Olympics than pre-Opening Ceremony news that Egypt’s athletes will be wearing counterfeit Nike gear footwear and apparel. For real! The Cut reports:
General Mahmoud Ahmed Ali, [Egypt]‘s committee chairman told the Associated Press on Wednesday, ”we signed with a Chinese distributor in light of Egypt’s economic situation,” who sent him the counterfeit merchandise, including bags with “large Nike logos on the front, but the zippers have ‘Adidas’ written on them.”
Are you reading this?!? As The Cut’s Hilary Ross remarked, “That’s two brand for less than the price of one? Sure sounds like a real bargain!”
And The Cut’s report continues:
“In a separate interview with Ahram Online, Ali said that if Nike is displeased with the apparel, the company should take it up with the aforementioned Chinese distributor. Nike released a statement reading, in part, “Nike is highly concerned that if these allegations are true, the athletes will have received products that do not meet Nike’s quality standards,” and, “We are now in discussions with them to see if a solution can be reached.”
We are also reading that a lawsuit has been filed.
The Gulf Times reported this morning that Nike in England is supplying genuine Nike uniforms to Team Egypt and that the Egyptian government is footing the bill.