IOC members won't wear Bosco in PyeongChang
International Olympic Committee members will wear clothing produced by “another manufacturer” at next month’s winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang as the IOC also reached agreement with Bosco, the Russian sportswear manufacturer that is its official clothing supplier, for its other staff to wear non-branded apparel.
The arrangement follows a request from Bosco that its brand should not appear on IOC clothing at the games, in which Russian athletes will compete as neutrals in the wake of the major doping scandal that has swept Russian sport over the last two years.
Last month, Mikhail Kusnirovich (pictured), board head for the group, told Reuters: “I think that in the near future, I will come up with a proposal to the IOC... to deactivate our rights... Even such beautiful chic clothes - let them keep them, but the Bosco brand and what we own... I will ask for that not to be activated.”
The IOC told Sportcal today: “We came to a friendly agreement with Bosco for this edition of the Olympic Winter Games. In agreement with them and with their help IOC staff will wear their non-branded apparel, whilst IOC Members will wear uniforms produced by another manufacturer.”
Kusnirovich told Tass: “We have received a letter from the IOC and they stated their agreement with our proposal to remove Bosco logo from the apparel, which we supply them with. The IOC informed us that they understand and accept our stance.
“We believe that their reaction was normal and constructive. Judging by the letter from [IOC president] Thomas Bach, this situation will not affect our long-term relations with the IOC.
“We have found the way how we will remove the logo - we will be sewing on top of them patches that say ‘IOC’. On some of the clothing, such as scarves and gloves, we will be simply removing the logo, because it will be cheaper [than patching].”
Bosco succeeded Nike as the official apparel supplier to the IOC in 2016.
Last month the IOC ruled that selected ‘clean’ Russian athletes can compete at the PyeongChang games, but only under the name ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia’, wearing uniforms bearing this name, and competing under the Olympic flag, with the Olympic anthem to be played at any ceremony.