The new Olympics kit for Team GB 2012 was revealed last night – with a distinct lack of Welsh colours.
The kit, designed by Stella McCartney, was launched yesterday at the Tower of London at an exclusive reveal to the media.
The new sports gear has been met with mixed emotions from the public due to its heavy use of blue and dark indigo. Critics have commented the kit looks overly Scottish as the colour red has even been omitted from the Union Jack motifs.
Cardiff councillor for sport leisure and culture, Nigel Howells said: “I know that Welsh athletes will be proud of whatever they wear and I don’t want to detract from that. I wish Welsh athletes all the best and I would imagine that Welsh athletes will be bringing in the lion’s share of medals as they have done previously.”
The kit was met with mixed responses among Cardiff shoppers today. Doreen Nation, from Penarth said: “There’s too much blue. I liked it the way it was. It doesn’t look British.”
Brian Holland, 61, from Roath said: “People are saying there is too much blue. But England is the dominant country [in Team GB]. I am Welsh but I don’t mind England being predominant. I will be supporting the British team.”
Brian Ward, 74, from Sully said: “People will always complain about the kit. The performance [of the team] is the most important. I don’t really care about the red not being there. Changing the kits is irrelevant. This one shouldn’t be changed for a couple of years now to get people used to it.”
Richard Bertin, 40, from Barry said: “I think they are quite disappointing actually. They are great for Scotland but again we’re left out.
"I think they could have done better considering Stella McCartney designed them. There should be some recognition for Wales given the fact the games are being held here. I just hope the athletes don’t let us down!”