The Egyptian Olympic Committee's blunder over faux uniforms is hopefully the last story in the saga we've aptly titled, "The Great Uniform Debacle of 2012."
Unlike the domestically-manufactured garment issue that so fiercely gripped our nation in recent weeks, Egypt's uniforms were pinned for a different reason: Authenticity. Or the lack thereof.
The Telegraph reported this week that the country's athletes were handed fake Nike apparel, which all 117 selected participants were required to wear in Athletes' Village. Given Egypt's tumultuous political and ensuing economic circumstances this past year, the Committee intentionally sought a foreign vendor who could produce these items at a minimal cost. The president of the EOC eventually admitted to knowing the items were fake, yet showed resistance when asked if he would eradicate the situation. Unfortunately for the athletes- who were asked to shell out 2000 EGP (approximately 329.59 USD) each to fund the outfits- they received cheap wear with a controversial and unwarranted price tag.
To aggravate the situation for the EOC, Egypt's star athletes spoke out against the faux-unis, particularly synchronized swimmer Yomna Khallaf who confirmed via Twitter, "The bags for example have big nike logo in the front and the zippers are addidas."