PICTURES | Sascoc unveil Team SA kit for Tokyo Olympics, Paralympics

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The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has unveiled South Africa's Olympic and Paralympic kit for this year's Tokyo Games.

At the ICC in Durban on Thursday, the apparel for SA's athletes was on display in a fashion show.

Four local young designers worked with local sportswear retailer Mr Price Sport to design the official kit for the teams.

Team South Africa copped flak at the 2016 Rio Olympics after athletes were seen wearing oversized tracksuits in Brazil.

The 2016 kit, which was made by a Chinese company called 361º, was heavily scrutinised in the media by athletes and spectators as some said it resembled the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

However, this is the first-time that the South African Olympic and Paralympic team apparel is designed locally.  

The four designers - Mbali Zulu, Nompumelelo Mjadu, Sandile Sikhakhane and Sipho Lushaba - are a product of the Durban Fashion Fair development programme which provides skills development and mentorship. 

From the opening ceremony to the podium, billions of eyes will be on South Africa for the Olympics (23 July-8 August) and Paralympics (24 August-5 September).

For the opening ceremony ensemble the team will be wearing an animal print look, paired with vellies (leather field shoes) provided by Veldskoen.

The Mr Price Sport team were driven to use their design talent to create an iconic team kit graphic in the form of the new, large protea icon.

Mr Price Sport's head of marketing, Dylan Cherry elaborates, "We agreed with Sascoc that our team needed a strong graphic icon visible on camera. As our athletes are captured on various media platforms, our proudly South African protea will be recognised across the world."

The Maxed Elite range developed by Mr Price Sport will supply both the technical apparel required for the multiple sporting events, as well as the tracksuits worn on the podium after each event.

"It’s wonderful for Team SA to be able to showcase the incredible talent of these four young designers on the biggest sports stage of all," said Sascoc president, Barry Hendricks.

"We are thankful for the opportunity to put their work on the global map. Our Team SA athletes will wear the kit with pride and the way they look and dress will be eye-catching to the rest of the competing nations."

Images: Mr Price Sport - Tim Lubbe 

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