Comfort, lightness, versatility, and, of course, Brazilianness. The Brazil Olympic Committee (COB) chose these characteristics for Team Brazil uniforms in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. To celebrate the 50-day milestone for the event's opening ceremony, the Olympic Channel in Brazil presented this Thursday, June 3, the show of sports uniforms developed by the Chinese company Peak Sports, COB's official sponsor. The rehearsal, which took place at the Team Brazil Training Center, in Rio de Janeiro, without an audience and following all the safety protocols established by the entity's medical team, was carried out by 10 Olympic athletes.
They crossed the catwalk as if they were at a traditional fashion show. Aldemir Junior (Athletics); Allan do Carmo (Water Marathons); Gabrielle Roncatto (Swimming); Hugo Calderano (Table Tennis); Laura Miccuci (Artistic Swimming); Luisa Borges (Artistic Swimming); Milena Titoneli (Taekwondo); Nathália Almeida (Swimming); and Rosângela Santos (Athletics); in addition to Cassius Duran, COB collaborator and Olympic diving athlete, exhibited sporting glamor in the presentation of the podium, training, and village uniforms.
“We are very happy with the result of the pieces created by Peak Sports, designed in partnership with our marketing area. These are clothes that meet the technical requirements to face the heat and humidity of Japan, but with an important touch of Brazilianness and modernity, through playing with the colors of our flag”, explained COB Communication and Marketing director, Manoela Penna.
There are 39,000 items made exclusively for the COB, including pants, sweaters, shirts, shorts, tops, caps, bags, and shoes, among others. The differentials in these Games are due to the gradient in the podium uniform; the finer-textured 100% polyester fibers used to make training and village pieces withstand the high temperature in Japan well; and the comfort of more casual items for the daily lives of athletes and officials. To compose the looks, Fiber Knit masks, with filter and reinforced fabric, specially created for Team Brazil in green, blue, and white.
The South American 100m sprinter and Olympic medalist in Beijing 2008, Rosângela Santos, was thrilled to see the uniforms for the first time. “Wonderful. Today, I mixed training shorts with a podium shirt. And I'll just let you know that I want to use it there too. The training uniform needs to be comfortable like this one”, she said.
“Since I was an athlete, the ritual of receiving the uniform is one of the things I like the most. This set is very nice, every day they become more appropriate, with an excellent quality”, said Cassius Duran, the first Brazilian diving athlete to reach the podium in men's events in the history of the Pan American Games, with three Olympic Games in his curriculum and, today, a COB employee.
Hugo Calderano, 7th in the world ranking of Table Tennis and five gold medals in the Pan American Games, also tried on the most desired uniform by the athletes. “I hope to be able to use it on the podium in Tokyo,” concluded Calderano.