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SBD Global/July 20, 2012/Olympics
Spain's Olympic Uniform Has Become The 'Butt Of Jokes' On Social Media Networks
Published July 20, 2012
MONEY SAVED: EUROPA PRESS reported that Community of Madrid VP Ignacio González and Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) President Alejandro Blanca "defended the choice of uniforms that the Spanish delegation will wear at the London Games." Blanco said, "The cost of the uniforms for these Games, close to 1,000 kits, is zero euros, because we were able to get them for free for the Olympics and Paralympics. A total of €1.7M ($2.1M) that we would have had to spend out of the state coffers." Blanco added he hoped the controversy would go away when the competition starts, and Rafael Nadal "comes out with the flag and the rest of the national team" (EP, 7/18). Nadal, however, pulled out of the Games Thursday due to not being in "condition to compete" (EL PAIS, 7/19).
A HOT SELLER: The EFE reported that the "controversial Spanish Olympic uniform" is a sales success in London. The uniform supplier, Bosco, has a store in London where the uniforms can be purchased. According to the store assistant Henry Hatton, the Spanish uniforms are the "most sold in the store." Hatton: "We know that in Spain there is a big controversy over the uniforms. But since they started talking about them in the press, the sales have increased." The entire Olympic kit can be purchased for £130 ($204) (EFE, 7/19).