Event Notes: Australian Athletes Baffled By New Commonwealth Games Uniforms
Australia's elite athletes were baffled "after the unveiling of the dreadful green and gold Commonwealth Games uniforms." The green uniforms feature "spinnaker-sized lapels, cement-coloured slacks and hokey, seemingly hand-knitted, jumpers." Elle Deputy Editor Damien Woolnough said, "This is why Olympians used to perform naked." In fact, they "were designed and manufactured by Australian Defence Apparel, which also supplies front-line combat and hard and soft armour, which could well come in handy should our Glasgow-bound athletes need to defend themselves against heinous fashion crime allegations from other nations" (THE AGE, 6/4). ... The organizers of the 2015 World Cup "have been inundated with applications from members of the public keen to offer their time" following the success of volunteers at the 2012 London Games. More than 20,000 people have applied to volunteer their time at next year's rugby World Cup with organizers "pointing to the 'Olympics effect' to explain the surge of interest" (London TELEGRAPH, 6/5). ... The Argentine FA officially unveiled the format of the new 30-team structure for the country's top division. The AFA also introduced a Tournament of Champions, which will start in June '15. The Tournament of Champions will feature all 17 teams that have won at least one Argentine first division championship, but its format remains undecided (CLARIN, 6/5). ... The Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF) €720,000 ($980,400) bonuses for its players if La Roja wins the World Cup are "much more generous than those of other federations." The Brazilian federation will "reward players" with €330,000 ($450,000) apiece for winning the World Cup, while Germany's players can each earn €300,000 ($409,000) with a World Cup victory (EL PAIS, 6/4).