Association saves design blunders in badminton jerseys

Local | 29 Jul 2021 8:23 pm

The jerseys of badminton players competing at the Tokyo Olympics were printed with an outdated design of the Hong Kong emblem, the Hong Kong Badminton Association admitted.

This is the latest blunder revolving around local athletes’ jerseys, after badminton player Angus Ng Ka-long was singled out for wearing one without the emblem during his opening game of men’s singles last Saturday.

Some eagle-eyed citizens found the design of the emblem printed on the jerseys was the one passed by the National People’s Congress in 1990, instead of the one having been adopted since 1997. 

The outdated design sees wider petals with hooks in the Bauhinia and smaller stars, whereas the official design sees narrower petals in the Bauhinia and bigger stars.

Among those who have worn the involved jerseys are Ng, Tse Ying-suet as well as Tang Chun-man - partners at badminton mixed doubles.

In response, the association said they had contacted Japanese sports equipment firm Yonex - the jersey sponsor, to remake jerseys with the official design of the emblem.

“We express gratitude to those who remind us about the mistakes on the jerseys,” the association said.

“We will make sure to hand in jerseys with the official design of the emblem to Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet by tomorrow [July 30] - when they will strive for a bronze medal at the badminton mixed doubles.” 

Last Sunday, Ng explained in an Instagram post that he lost his jersey sponsorship with sports equipment firm Yonex at the last minute, but was not authorized to wear the Hong Kong emblem on a separate jersey he prepared for himself.

Despite being troubled by the jersey controversy earlier and his loss in the second round of men’s badminton singles yesterday, he got back in shape today following a good rest and proper meal. 

“I am feeling much better right now,” he wrote in his Instagram story today. 

“I will keep looking forward and living my life...Apologies that I can’t reply to all the messages one by one.”

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