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British athletes cry foul over flag-free kit

A number of British athletes have expressed dismay over the absence of a Union Jack flag on their kits for this month`s World Championships in Beijing.

London: A number of British athletes have expressed dismay over the absence of a Union Jack flag on their kits for this month`s World Championships in Beijing.

The design for Great Britain`s kits at the London 2012 Olympics incorporated the Union flag, but the new design does not, being mainly blue with a large white V at the top of the vest`s front.

It features logos for kit manufacturer Nike and British Athletics, but not the British flag.

Britain`s Olympic long-jump champion Greg Rutherford led the backlash, tweeting a picture of his vest alongside the words: "Well this isn`t right ... Where`s the Union Jack!?!?"

He added: "A hasten to add (sic) I`m yet to find an athlete who wanted the change (from the 2012 kit). EVERY athlete I`ve spoken to wants the Union flag."

Kelly Holmes, a double Olympic champion in the 2004 Athens games, tweeted: "Totally agree. The Union Jack is iconic."

Other British athletes to voice their disapproval included multiple Paralympic champion David Weir, steeplechaser Eilish McColgan and Paralympic shot-putter Sam Ruddock.

British Athletics has not responded directly to Rutherford, but it did retweet an Instagram post from hurdler Cindy Ofili, who wrote: "Excited to have finally received my first full British Kit!! Thanks @britathletics".

From Zee News

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