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Chinese kit leaves US politicians fuming

india Updated: Jul 15, 2012 00:21 IST

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Uniforms for US Olympic athletes are American red, white and blue but made in China. That has members of Congress fuming.

Republicans and Democrats railed about the US Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the US team in Chinese manufactured berets, blazers and pants while the American textile industry struggles economically with many US workers desperate for jobs.

“I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat.

“They have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that's what they should wear,” he said.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters at a conference that she's proud of the nation’s athletes, but “they should be wearing uniforms made in America”.

Athletes could be too tall for village beds
The opening of the athletes’ village is bound to leave Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps feeling shortchanged.

Each sparsely decorated room has a pair of single beds next to bedside tables and small lamps. But the beds are only 1.73 meters (5 feet, 8 inches) long, meaning that many of the competing athletes will need extensions to get a good night's sleep. Bolt is 1.95 meters (6-5) tall and Phelps is 1.93 (6-4).

After the Olympics, the apartments will be transformed into 2,818 new homes.

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