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China-Supplier of Olympic KNockoff Nike Gear

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 29, 2012


WTF? Egypt got a handout from Nike for free olympic gear. The egyptians said they were so poor they were forced to buy Nike knockoffs from China, wtf?
How is it that China and the distributor were not sanctioned for selling the knockoffs? Read below and you will see that a chinese distributor sold the knockoff gear to egypt. If ever there were a case for china’s ipr violations and lack if progress towards WTO promises, this is it.

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Mahmoud Ahmed Ali, the chairman of the Egyptian Olympic Committee, has admitted that the members of the Egyptian team had been given fake Nike gear made in China due to his country’s tight finances. Nike solved the problem by donating genuine sportswear to the team, reports NBC News.

“We signed with a Chinese distributor in light of Egypt’s economic situation,” Ali said. Yomna Khallaf, one of the members of the Egyptian team, said her bags had a big Nike logo but the zippers had Adidas branding on them. She had to spend an additional US$300 of her own money to buy satisfactory gear.”

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http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1104&MainCatID=&id=20120728000084

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