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BEIJING - South African Olympic tennis coach and manager John de Jager has admitted that a Chinese player refused to accept their jersey because he said it is ugly.
"I approached the player to exchange jerseys, but he told me in the face that he will not do that because we had an ugly kit," De Jager told Sowetan yesterday.
"Our players had a problem with the kit we received from Sascoc [South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee] because it was big and heavy," he said. "It was inappropriate for the hot weather conditions in Beijing. But we have since met with Sascoc to resolve the problem. We can't talk about this any further because our players are out of the Olympics."
Asked if he would admit the kit was ugly, De Jager pleaded with Sowetan to leave the issue as it was over.
Sascoc received the kit from the Japanese sportswear company Mizuno.
South Africa was represented by Kevin Anderson and Jeff Coetzee in tennis.
Wesley Moodie pulled out on Monday because of an injury.
Anderson was forced to play in his sponsored Nike attire, while Sascoc managed to sort out Coetzee's problems by giving him the right size attire.
The South African jersey became a laughing stock in Beijing, with some tennis players said to be eager to see the infamous kit.
Hajera Kajee, Team South Africa's head of delegation, said: "We had a problem with the kit because of the size, but that was not like a train smash."
Tennis players received their kit in Beijing because they were not part of the training camp in South Korea.