JOHANNESBURG - Hellbent on sparing athletes the ridicule of wearing ‘ninja turtle’ tracksuit, Sascoc’s athletes’ commission made sure they instilled a sense of pride for the team going to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April.
Olympic and Paralympic legend Natalie du Toit presented the full range of kit the athletes would be wearing at the Games. The partial sponsorship with Lotto, a sports clothing manufacturer, proved to be a welcome departure from the baggy clothing South Africa sported at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“No-one is more aware than us of the past controversies surrounding some of the team kits at previous multi-code events,” said Sascoc president Gideon Sam. “With this in mind, we have asked the people that count, the athletes, to play an integral part in the kit design.
“National sports legend Natalie du Toit, now head of the Athlete's Commission at SASCOC, drove this project and I think that today the phrase 'a picture is worth a thousand words' is particularly apt.”
Sascoc came under fire for the tracksuits, manufactured by Chinese manufacturer 361 Degrees, that made the athletes resemble ninja turtles.