Sunday, 7 August 2016

Read why Nigerians shamefuly marched in tracksuit in RIO instead of colourful cultural attires

Nigeria is known for their colourful outfits in the past olympics.
Unfortunately alot of disappointments has been happening to the athletes. It was joyous to see that inspite of all the hassles the football players faced, they were able to secure a win in their match with Japan. The athletes on Friday dressed in track suits instead of the usual colourful attire. The reason was that the tracksuit did not arrive  to Rio.

The opening ceremony usually showcases traditional wear and culture by all teams and it is viewed by billions all over the world. Unfortunately team Nigeria marched in tracksuits

Alexander Wolff, s sports writer covering the games tweeted '“Nigeria, marching in sweats because official outfits didn’t make it to Rio. Can we agree that they’re a country to pull for these two weeks?”

According to sources the original attire for the Games was actually made by Nigerian designer, David Bowler, and was showcased to President Muhammadu Buhari in July, when Team Nigeria paid him a visit. 

Punch correspondent learnt that with Bowler’s design the male athletes would have appeared in typical South South dressing spotting hats with the women’s uniform the contrasting wear of a Nigerian woman with modern attitude in her long cape dress, tying a turban.

Sydney 2000 Olympics gold medallist Enefiong Udo-Obong was confounded that Bowler’s design was abandoned for the  tracksuits in Brazil, suggesting it might not be unconnected with corrupt practices by officials.

“The style (of Bowler’s design) may have left questions in the lips of many but they were gorgeous and proper. It would have showcased our ladies as beautiful people and our men as gentlemen.

 It would have sold our local designer to the world as our version or answer to Gucci and Calvin Klein and the rest. Instead we did not. Despite months of sleepless nights to design the attire and lots of money to make samples; despite the fashion parade the (sports) minister did to showcase the uniform with athletes to model it to the President, we did not use the smartly made dresses Udo-Obong commented.

He went further stressing that “The reason why? Someone decided that instead of paying the designer money for mass production, he could get kickbacks if he just gave a contract to his stooge. So, we neglected the designs which we did not appreciate because it was given free to us by the designer and hurriedly assembled the carpenter-type tracksuits. We did not even deem it fit, if we wanted tracksuits to get from Yali-Yali, our own brand made by former sprint queen, Mary Onyali. At least we would have promoted something Nigerian.”


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