Public must vote on olympic kits

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st p3main OLYMPIC kit6 INLSA CHOOSE: Top local designers are competing for the honour of being chosen to create kits for SAs Olympians.

Xolani Koyana

THE corporate look, something sporty, or something with a little African flavour: these are just some of the designs from which South Africans will be able to choose the national Olympic and Paralympic teams’ kits.

Top designers are vying for the opportunity to design the official Team SA kit that will be worn at the opening and closing ceremonies in London.

The final decision will be left to the public, who will vote for their favourite design.

The public will have to choose from work by SA designers Craig Native of Cape Town, Collen Eitzen, Gert-Johan Coetzee, JJ Schoeman, Leigh Schubert and Gina@Work.

An announcement for the winning designers was to be made at an event to mark 100 days before the Paralympic Games, which is 96 days from today, but the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) felt the public had not been given enough time.

The public now has until until June 5 to cast its vote.

The outfits must be proudly South African as well as comfortable. More than 20 designers submitted their entries, with some entering more than one design.

The public can vote for the design of their choice online through the You, Drum, Huisgenoot, SuperSport and SABC websites, or by SMS.

An outcry followed Sascoc’s choice of Chinese manufacturer Erke to design the general competing kit.

The chance to vote for the kits follows the use of public voting to choose the official mascot. The public chose Chukuru the rhino.

The London Olympic Games are scheduled to start on July 27, with the Paralympic Games taking place from August 29.

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