The Indian Olympic Association has decided that Chinese company Li-Ning will not be its official kit sponsor for the Olympic Games to be held in Japan’s capital Tokyo from July 23 to August 8 this year and the country’s players will not participate in the Games without a brand name. Will wear the kit. The IOA said that they have taken this decision keeping in mind the sentiments of the people of the country. Actually, the Indian team’s kit sponsor was Chinese company Li-Ning and when the team’s kit was launched last week, there was a controversy on social media about it. There are reports that after this the Sports Ministry had asked the IOA not to sponsor a Chinese company for the Games. After the killing of 20 Indian soldiers by Chinese soldiers in Galvan Valley last year, there is an atmosphere against China in the country and this is the reason. Because of China’s opposition. IOA President Narinder Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in a joint statement that we are aware of the sentiments of our fans and hence IOA has decided that we withdraw from the existing agreement entered into with the kit manufacturer. Our players, coaches and support staff will wear unbranded clothes.
We would like to thank the Sports Ministry for the guidance that helped us take this decision. We want our players to train with no questions asked about their clothing brands. He has likewise been battling the epidemic for more than a year. We don’t want their attention to be distracted.
After the Chinese soldiers killed 20 Indian soldiers in Ladakh, voices of boycott of Chinese products started rising in the country. After this, the government had banned many Chinese companies, including many social media sites, games, etc. The IOA had signed a deal with Li-Ning in May 2018. According to the agreement, the company will sponsor the players’ clothes, shoes, although the company making the playing kit is not Indian but a Chinese company Li-Ning. When the kit was unveiled last Thursday, Li-Ning’s name was on the clothes, but on Tuesday, the IOA issued a statement giving new information in this regard and told that the name of the Chinese company will not be on the Indian players’ kit.