As if Olympic athletes don't have enough to worry about in the days leading up to Friday's opening ceremony, an Egyptian synchronized swimmer confirmed that the Egyptian Olympic team was given fake Nike apparel in advance of the London Olympics.
Synchronized swimmer Yomna Khallaf tweeted that the bags she and her teammates were given had Nike logos and Adidas zippers. She also wrote that the team members themselves had to pay for the new gear, costing them 2,000 Egyptian pounds (about $330).
When asked about the accusations of counterfeit clothing, the Egyptian Olympic Committee's Chairman, General Mahmoud Ahmed Ali, said the committee purchased the clothing from someone they assumed to be a Nike agent.
"We bought the clothing from a Nike agent. You can never tell the difference between the original and the fake ones," Ahmed Ali told Ahram Online. "All Nike products in the Egyptian Market are made in China. They all have the same logo. How can you know?"
Nike spokesman Ryan Greenwood said the company's authorized distributor in Egypt never got in touch with the Egyptian Olympic Committee (EOC), despite two attempts.
"On July 20, 2012, Nike also sent a written communication to the EOC requesting the committee to take immediate action. To date, we have not received a response," Greenwood wrote in an e-mail. “We believe this issue with the EOC is an isolated incident. Nike consistently acts to protect its brand and actively engages with law enforcement agencies and Customs authorities to stop counterfeit product reaching consumers and athletes."
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