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Breaking News: Team Egypt will wear knock-off uniforms [UPDATED]

July 26, 2012

Team Egypt competitors in London yesterday got swooshed all right

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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2012 9:19 pm

    I have a big laugh upon reading this post.

    The best answer would be signing up with a Chinese distributor in light of Egypt’s economic situation.

    They are only reaping the current meagre rewards offered on hand and risk so much negative exposure to billions of people watching in Olympics and last but not least, the lawsuit.

    • July 27, 2012 10:33 am

      Chris! I KNOW!!! Isn’t it totally nuts!? I can’t believe this really went on and yes, now the predicted lawsuit. How embarrassing for the Egyptian Olympic Committee and I read that the Team Egypt athletes have decided to buy their own gear full-priced instead. I guess they have no real choice.

  2. July 27, 2012 7:35 am

    What! Is this true? This sounds so crazy…it must be true! I am still bleary eyed but this popped my eyes open!

    • July 27, 2012 10:35 am

      I agree, Sue- it really is too cray-cray to be a lie. I can’t really believe the bad business/PR/athletic decision made by the Egyptian Olympic Committee- they just washed their hands of it thinking that if it’s copyright infringement Nike can take it up with the Chinese manufacturer?? I mean, !!!!. And not to mention that no one seems to really think about the athletes who have to wear it and compete in it. Unbelievable!

      Well that got you up :).

  3. July 28, 2012 7:37 am

    Thanks for the update–it stuck with me all day and even became fodder for dinner conversation. I just felt bad for the hard work the athletes had done to be taken down with this “scandal”. Seriously–I bet there are other cost-cutting moves the Egyptian govt’ could make that are not internationally humiliating to themselves (hand me downs?).

    • July 30, 2012 9:01 am

      Yeah I know, I really wanted to stay on top of the developments on this, too, since the news broke so last-minute before the Games. I completely agree – it’s really quite disappointing for the athletes. Thank goodness Nike stepped in- they had a win-win situation there to offer gear for free and reinforce their brand & commitment to athleticism. Good for them for doing it.

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