Mon, September 23, 2013

Our Olympians wearing made in Canada uniforms

U.S., U.K. embroiled in controversy over foreign wear

By THANE BURNETT, QMI Agency


Canadian Olympic athlete Phylicia George (C) gestures at reporters along with other Olympic athletes during a press conference held by Nike and Athletics Canada to unveil Canadian Olympic team apparel in Toronto July 10, 2012. (REUTERS)

Canadian Olympic athletes will be wrapped from head to ankle in the flag -- though their toes may feel a bit foreign.

While both the U.S. and the U.K. are embroiled in controversy over the foreign origins of their national uniforms, Canadian officials say our athletes competing during the London Games will be clothed in homegrown wear. Well, at least the better parts of them.

According to a statement released by The Bay on the origins of their line of Maple Leaf-adorned Olympic uniforms: "Eight-five percent of the clothing that will be worn by our Canadian Team has been manufactured in Canada.

"We worked with both the athletes themselves and Canadian manufacturers to deliver high performance high design uniforms for all of the athlete opening, closing and podium uniforms, and athlete village wear."

A Canadian Olympic official said the 15% that wasn't produced in this country, would include accessories such as flip-flops, duffle bags and backpacks.

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, federal politicians -- and patriotic Canadians -- were critical of our athletic best being garbed in uniforms largely produced in China.

At that time, Olympic heads said it would be too difficult to find Canadian companies able to fill the high-profile order.

While this time around our athletes are being given special made-in-Canada attention, those ordinary countrymen who buy off-the-rack replica versions will be getting something that started away from home.

The Bay's statement explains: "Our customers demand quality and stylish apparel at a price point that is affordable.

"As a result, the clothing for sale in The Bay and Zellers was sourced from accredited manufacturers in China that meet Hudson's Bay Co.'s stringent manufacturing guidelines."