Do T&F athletes have to wear their countries official kit?


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Do T&F athletes have to wear their countries official kit?

Postby eldanielfire » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:51 pm

Gymnastics and swimming don't appear to have to wear their countries colours/official kit at the Olympics or World championships and Gymnasts frequently don't. Is there a rule saying Track and Field Athletes have to wear theirs?
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Re: Do T&F athletes have to wear their countries official ki

Postby Marlow » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:44 pm

eldanielfire wrote:Gymnastics and swimming don't appear to have to wear their countries colours/official kit at the Olympics or World championships and Gymnasts frequently don't. Is there a rule saying Track and Field Athletes have to wear theirs?

I don't know this, but I bet that gymnasts and swimmers have a wider choice of 'official team uniforms'. And this, of course, has EVERYthing to do with sponsors.
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Re: Do T&F athletes have to wear their countries official ki

Postby gh » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:21 pm

You may recall there was concern in London last year when Ukhov's jersey disappeared in the middle of the competition. Had he not found a secondary shirt that qualified as an official bit of team gear, he would have been in trouble.

And where DID that jersey go?!
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Re: Do T&F athletes have to wear their countries official ki

Postby polevaultpower » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:36 pm

Yes, the IAAF has a bunch of rules for various types of meets, and the Championship meets like Worlds and the Olympics have the strictest rules about what can be worn.
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Re: Do T&F athletes have to wear their countries official ki

Postby 26mi235 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:28 pm

The gymnasts are wearing the official team uniform set according to my well-informed source (USGA member who I know very well) that I asked for confirmation.
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