|The Twitter profile picture of Egyptian synchronised swimmer Yomna Khallaf.|
Egypt Olympic Uniforms Fake - After Spain, Great Britain and the U.S. caused a hubbub over their uniforms (for being ugly, unpatriotic and unpatriotic, respectively), Egypt must have felt left out. Egyptian Olympic team officials found themselves at the centre of an embarrassing debacle involving their athletes and alleged fake Nike team uniforms in London on Wednesday.
Egyptian synchronized swimmer Yomna Khallaf tweeted that she was forced to buy her own uniform after she and the rest of Egypt's Olympians were given "fake Nike uniforms." She wrote, among other things: "The bags for example have big nike logo in the front and the zippers are addidas (sic)"
Khallaf is in London for the 2012 Olympics. It's unclear where the uniforms were made. Khallaf posted the tweet this week. Nike has said it reached out to its distributor in Egypt but has yet to hear back.
Khallaf, who travelled to London overnight, claimed she was forced to spend about $300 of her own money to buy genuine Nike gear after members of the Egyptian Olympic Committee [EOC] in Egypt told her to take the gear or go without.
"We bought the clothing from a Nike agent. You can never tell the difference between the original and the fake ones," EOC Chairman General Mahmoud Ahmed Ali told Ahram Online. "All Nike products in the Egyptian Market are made in China. They all have the same logo. How can you know?"
The Egypt Olympic Committee urges Nike to sue agent over fake kit.