Chinese firm to supply Olympics attire

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MASERU — The Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) has signed a deal with a Chinese company, Pamo Sport, to supply the country with new sportswear for the Olympic Games in London.

“We’ve just closed a deal with a Chinese clothing company to supply Team Lesotho with attire from the day the athletes leave the country until their return,” Moshoeshoe Mokake, the LNOC public relations officer, said.

He said everything had been finalised with Pamo Sport after extensive consultations on logos and colours of the attire.

“It’s a done deal,” Mokake said.

“They have sent their last samples of all the attire they are going to supply us with and we are satisfied.”

The prestigious games are scheduled to run from July 27 to August 12 and Lesotho will be looking to win its first medal since its first participation in 1976.

The deal with Pamo Sport is likely to end complaints by athletes in the past over the quality of their uniforms at international sporting events.

This week top distance runner, Tsotang Maine, who  represented Lesotho at the last Olympic Games in 2008 in China, asked the LNOC to seriously consider getting them world-class running gear.

Maine said it was embarrassing for Lesotho athletes to compete among top runners in poor costumes.

He said this was negatively affecting their morale.

“Having sponsors like these releases the tension that we’ve been experiencing for several years.

“Now we will be able to provide for our athletes,” Mokake said.

However the LNOC still has to source competing gears for the athletes, boxers and taekwondo players representing the country at the games.

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