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China’s Dishy Uniform.

China's Olympic athletes boast one dishy uniform. With a scrambling of pun.

There’s much going on in the realms of politics and sports today. From Donald Trump’s cheap China labor antics to the newly unveiled China Olympics uniform to be worn in Rio de Janeiro come August.


The South China Morning Post (SCMP) on June 1 reports:

“The uniforms to be worn by China’s athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this August have been mocked by online users. The designs presented on Tuesday [May 31] have sparked heated discussion online over their bright use of colour.”

I, for one, am getting a very strong Golden Arches vibe from these. It appears designer Ye Chaoying decided to, much like he did for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, go with the “Red” theme once more. The aim is for all competing Chinese athletes to radiantly (you make take that to the letter) wear and bear their national flag — with a side of pride.

Unfortunately, the 2016 uniforms quickly turned into an online food-pun frenzy, instead of a feed for national pride. China Daily put in its two pinches of salt by adding:

“The conconction received a mixture of disappointment, mockery and confusion online. The combo of red and yellow has earned the uniform a moniker: Stir-fried tomatoes and scrambled eggs [西红柿炒鸡蛋], a household dish in China.”

The publication also uploaded a dishy picture to its Sina Weibo (China’s very own Twitter platform) account. The picture, together with the uniforms, has already made the global rounds in the past 24 hours.

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Scrambled eggs with tomatoes. Photo: China Daily

Red jackets for the men, yellow ones for the ladies and white bottoms all around. A remarkable 400 of China’s finest athletes are set to officially debut their new looks on August 6, when they step into the Rio arena for the Olympic opening ceremony.

At least one of them is bound to go, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall; who Da Finest of them all?” Olympic foil fencing champion Lei Sheng on Tuesday told Xinhua: “Compared with the 2008 and 2012 uniforms, I think the 2016 uniform is soft and I like it.” Well, there you go. Golden Arches for a gold medalist.

Photo: South China Morning Post