Tokyo Olympics: No Branded Apparel, Only India Will Be Written On Kits Of Our Athletes, Says Kiren Rijiju


Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister for Youth Matters and Sports, on Wednesday, said that the Indian Olympic-bound contingent will not sport any branded apparel all over the upcoming Olympics. He also said that only India will be written on athletes’ kits at the Tokyo Olympics, which is all set to start from July 23. “Indian athletes, coaches and give a boost to staff, is probably not wearing any branded apparel at Tokyo Olympics. Only ‘INDIA’ will be written in the kits of our athletes,” tweeted Rijiju.

Indian athletes, coaches and give a boost to staff, may not be wearing any branded apparel at Tokyo Olympics.

Only ‘INDIA’ will be written in the kits of our athletes.

— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 9, 2021

Earlier, the Indian Olympic Organization(IOA) and Sunlight Sports (Brand Li Ning) reached an agreement together to arrange the sports kitting of the Indian Olympic team to Tokyo 2020, in the neighborhood by IOA.

The agreement was once reached keeping in brain the safety and convenience of the athletes, in lieu of the logistical challenges being faced by IOA because of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown situation in the country.

“Over 100 Indian athletes have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The athletes are based in quite a lot of states and cities of India in training camps — some of which are lonely bubbles, in preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games,” an official release stated.

With the vastly spread-out training camps combined with the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation in India, IOA has faced unprecedented logistical challenges in assembly the exact apparel requirements of the participating Indian athletes.


Because of these challenges, the Indian Olympic Organization has requested Sunlight Sports to allow IOA to nominate native manufacturers familiar with the athletes’ apparel measurements, to produce and provide the sports kitting for the Indian Olympic team.

The IOA on Tuesday had made up our minds that the nation’s athletes would wear unbranded sports apparel in the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

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