The Sunday Post (Dundee)
Athletes to light up ceremony
ROWING TEAM GB’s athletes will be bedecked in colourful outfits as they draw their time in Brazil to a close tonight at the Olympic Games closing ceremony.
The event at Rio’s Maracana stadium will see Britain’s stars celebrate their largest ever haul of overseas medals.
And they’ll be wearing some novel clothing while they do.
Lancashire-based designer Simon Jersey has created red, white and blue outfits for the athletes – complete with matching shoes that flash thanks to red, white and blue lights in their soles.
Athletes will wear a pair of shorts – red for women and blue for men – and a white jacket, featuring the Team GB emblem of a lion’s head.
The jacket will also feature a “thank you” to Brazil in Portuguese and a “hello” to Tokyo – the host nation of the next Olympic Games.
Men will also wear a red polo shirt, while women will wear a navy sleeveless blouse, both with the Team GB logo.
Liz Murphy, of Simon Jersey, said the theme was inspired by the “spirit of the Rio carnival”. She added: “A billion people are going to see this costume and that’s really fantastic.”
The ceremony is on BBC1, starting at midnight tonight.