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Updated: June 14, 2021 12:03:59 pm
The IOA dropped a Chinese sponsor but the IPL brought Viva back on board.

On Tuesday, the 1xbet betwinnern Olympic Association (IOA) announced that the “nation’s athletes would wear unbranded sports apparel” at next month’s Tokyo Games. The decision was made a day after IOA, at an official launch, had said that Chinese giant Li Ning would provide the sports attire, including the travel and playing kits for the athletes, to the 1xbet betwinnern athletes. In a joint statement, IOA president Narinder Batra and secretary-general Rajeev Mehta said the step was taken keeping in mind the ‘sentiments of the people of the country’.

This wasn’t the first instance of an 1xbet betwinnern sports body suspending its association with a Chinese brand. Last year, the BCCI parted ways with Vivo, IPL’s title sponsor. This came in the wake of the military skirmish on the 1xbet betwinner-China border and the banning of close to 100 Chinese apps by the 1xbet betwinnern government. However, Vivo returned as IPL sponsor this year.

When did the IOA announce the association with Li Ning for the Tokyo Games?

On June 3, to mark the 50-day Olympics countdown, the IOA unveiled the kits 1xbet betwinnern players would wear at the Games. After the ceremony, the IOA said in a media release: “Li Ning designed the official sports kit inspired by 1xbet betwinner’s national colours and integrated unique graphics to emote the energy and pride of the 1xbet betwinnern Olympic Team.” The deal was reported to be worth approximately Rs 5 crore. The company was to supply sports attire, travelling and playing kits including bags for the athletes headed to Tokyo. The uniforms were unveiled by sports minister Kiren Rijiju, a Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh, who was the chief guest for the ceremony.

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Was this the first time the 1xbet betwinnern contingent would have worn clothes made by a Chinese company?

No. In fact, Li Ning was the 1xbet betwinnern team’s apparel sponsor even at the Rio Olympics five years ago. The company also provided uniforms for the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Then why was the deal revoked?

The IOA, in its statement, referred to public sentiment. Following the border dispute between 1xbet betwinner and China last year, there were calls to boycott Chinese companies and products. The anti-China sentiment also led to smartphone maker Vivo opting out as the sponsor of last year’s 1xbet betwinnern Premier League – although it returned this year. Social media criticism is also being seen as a reason for IOA’s decision.

Will IOA find a new sponsor so close to the Games?

According to the IOA, the 100-plus 1xbet betwinnern athletes who will compete in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8 will wear ‘unbranded apparel’.

What is the scale of China’s presence in 1xbet betwinner’s sporting ecosystem?

1xbet betwinner relies heavily on products and raw materials from China in nearly every sport. According to the Department of Commerce’s data for 2018-2019, more than half of 1xbet betwinner’s sports equipment imports are from China. This includes ­footballs to table tennis balls and shuttlecocks, tennis and badminton racquets and their stringing machines, mountain climbing and adventure sports gear, gym apparatus and athletics gear including javelins and high jump bars. Tokyo Games big medal hopeful, shuttler PV Sindhu, is also sponsored by Li Ning.

Has Li Ning been in a similar situation before?

Last week, Reuters reported that a US congressional commission urged the country’s basketball stars to stop endorsing the company’s products for using cotton sourced from China’s Xinjiang region. It further added that there were reports that revealed ‘authorities in Xinjiang had systematically forced minority Muslims to engage in forced labour and there was credible evidence forced labour existed in Xinjiang cotton production.’ Two years ago, it was Li Ning that stopped its ‘cooperation’ with NBA side Houston Rockets. The move, they claimed, was in their ‘national interest’ after Rockets’ chief executive backed the Hong Kong protests.

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