Lebanese athletes ‘deprived’ of formal Olympic attire

People queue to get into the Olympic Park for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Neil Hall

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s athletes have apparently been deprived of the formal Olympic attire that those from other countries typically wear at the opening ceremony of the games.

“So excited to walk in opening ceremonies tonight! But equally disappointed in Lebanon for not providing us with formal attire. We will be wearing our warm-ups with duct-tape to cover up the excess logos. Really?” wrote swimmer Katy Bachrouche on a Facebook post Friday afternoon.

“Just about every country has formal attire, and in 2008 Lebanon wore fitted blazers and dress pants and skirts,” she added in a comment.

In an interview with The Daily Star earlier this month, the swimmer said she was disappointed in the lack of financial support from the Olympic committee.

“In terms of encouragement and words of kindness, the Olympic committee has been very supportive. However I have to be honest, I have received no financial support at all from the Olympic committee. I had been promised support to cover the cost of training, living expenses, traveling to competitions, etc. but so far I have been paying for everything myself,” she said, noting that she paid out-of-pocket for her $2,000 airplane ticket to London.

“I am so happy and proud to be swimming for Lebanon, and I am dedicating my whole life to it, but if I am to keep swimming for Lebanon, something is going to have to change,” Bachrouche said.

Despite her disappointment over the lack of real support from officials, Bachrouche emphasized that she has nothing but appreciation for the backing of the Lebanese people.





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