Japanese clothing retailer Aoki Inc and sportswear company Asics yesterday unveiled the official uniforms of the Japanese national team and the technical officials working at the Games.
Aoki is the Games’ official business and formal wear partner in the Official Supporter category, the third tier of the domestic Tokyo 2020 sponsorship programme. It created the outfits for the Japan team.
The Japan team opening ceremony uniforms feature a white blazer with an emblem featuring the Olympic rings and rising sun flag, with red trousers or culottes. Also revealed was a second type of ceremonial uniform- a navy blazer and white trousers/culottes combination for other events, such as a the delegation’s inaugural ceremony.
For the first time, Japan’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes will wear the same uniforms for their respective opening ceremonies held in Tokyo’s National Stadium, with the inclusive design meant to reflect the Game’s spirit, values and commitment to an inclusive society.
The uniforms were selected by a body representing both the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Japanese Paralympic Committee.
For technical officials, formal wear has been designed by Aoki and casual wear by Asics. Technical officials ensure that the rules and regulations of each sport are observed during events, and make judgements on rule infringements, performances, times and rankings. Individual federations can decide when their respective technical officials should use the formal and casual outfits.
The designs are gender-neutral, with unisex jackets and slacks, and no skirts. A press release said the outfits “are designed to suit all nationalities, ages and working environments”. Officials will be able to select either ties or scarves as accessories. Jacket linings, ties and scarves feature the colour kurenai, “a traditional Japanese tone and one of the Tokyo 2020 core graphic colours”. Elements of the Tokyo 2020 logo also feature on the uniforms.
Asics is a Tokyo 2020 domestic top-tier gold partner.