Egypt's Olympians are furious after it was discovered they have been given fake equipment to use at the London Olympic Games. Yomna Khallaf, one of the team's synchronised swimmers, highlighted the scandal in a series of tweets this week. She wrote: "The bags for example have a big Nike logo in the front and the zippers are Adidas."
The fake was clearly far from convincing. Ms Khallaf also tweeted that she had to shell out more than $300 from her own pocket to buy the appropriate gear. She added: "It's so frustrating that we had to pay extra...to have other proper stuff to wear so that we can look okay, not even good." She later tweeted that: "They are ordering new clothes now from Nike UK!!"
The Egyptian Olympic Committee's secretary general, Motaz Sonbol, said he was shocked to find out that the equipment was not "directly from Nike". However, the committee's chairman, general Mahmoud Ahmed Ali, defended the purchase of the "counterfeit" gear because of his country's poor economic conditions.
He said: "We signed with a Chinese distributor in light of Egypt's economic situation." The incident has caused outrage in Egypt with many people saying it is a huge embarrassment for the country and a disgrace. Sports goods manufacturer Nike is also concerned that "the athletes will have received products that do not meet Nike's quality standards".