- All four years, the best athletes in the world come together to celebrate their athletic prowess.
- Where one champion against a champion begins to search for the best winner.
And then, when they’re done, they proudly wear the colors of their country, a mix of sport and fashion. I have long believed that what athletes wear to the Olympics matters, which sets the tone for their performance and confidence.
The opening ceremony may be the last time to relax and enjoy the celebration without the pressure to attend. So when I saw the South African team being random, messy, and looking like a catastrophe and disaster, I was furious.
It was annoyed because this is a good time for the best athletes in the country to wear clothes that show the quality of the country’s design. Instead, it’s a branding opportunity that leads the country’s designers to get the best show – on one of the most-watched television shows.
I watched the 2008 Beijing Olympics in horror when our athletes carried white linen bags with green crocodiles! And then the 2016 Rio Olympics when Team SA came out in inappropriate, ninja turtle-inspired sportswear that was of no use to our athletes. Watching Olympians from Canada, Sweden, UK, and the USA in their design holes makes me jealous of what other sports tips mean for their athletes.
I’m not holding my breath for the Tokyo 2020 (2021) game to make a difference. But it looks like our comments have finally reached what they are, and we’ve got four young designers to put the team together for the Team SA opening ceremony.
Mr. Price Sport selected Sandile Sikhakhane, Mbali Zulu, Nompumelelo Mjadu, and Sipho Lushaba to design outfits for the opening ceremony. Incidentally, the four designers were part of the mentoring program at the Durban Fashion Fair in 2020.
Arriving in February, the designers created four designs, which were later refined and later reduced to two – a shirt with chinos and a romper. The outfit comes with a pair of meadows. It’s a slick safari but with a strong punch. But what they love is that they have complete control over what equipment they think the athletes will be proud of.
“It was a dream; there were no limits. They think if it gives us too many obstacles, we will not be creative in developing the project,” said Zulu. There are only short ones to adhere to, added Mjadu. “We are also advised not to stick to any culture. He must represent South Africa as a whole,” he said. To create something that would represent South Africa, they turned to Nelson Mandela.