OCM unveils revamped Olympic uniform after public backlash

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has unveiled new attire for the Malaysian contingent for the 2024 Paris Olympics following heavy criticism of their previous attire.

“OCM believes that this new pattern symbolises the spirit of the tiger, which has been the Malaysian contingent’s identity since it was first introduced at the 2005 SEA Games in Manila,” OCM president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria said in a statement.

“We hope this brighter pattern and motif not only emphasises the identity and uniformity of the contingent, but more importantly, symbolises their strength and courage to compete on behalf of the nation,” he added.

Norza said that the new attire emphasises the tiger theme, with jackets now sporting more prominent tiger stripes against a black background.

He also mentioned that the Malaysian flag and the five Olympic Rings have been redesigned to maintain their original colours, instead of gold.

He mentioned that their sponsor, Yonex Sunrise Malaysia, had granted the council special permission to omit their logo from the new uniform.

Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, the national badminton men’s doubles pair, presented the new attire.

The previous official attire design for the Malaysian contingent team drew criticism from many Malaysians who found fault with its aesthetics.

It was revealed during the Olympic Day celebration on June 23, and presented using mannequins instead of real athletes.

The Paris Olympic Games are scheduled from July 26th to August 11th.