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The discovery of uniforms of the Mexican softball team in garbage bags at the Olympic Village in Tokyo has generated a great controversy in Mexico.
Boxer Brianda Cruz, from the Mexican delegation in Tokyo 2020, shared a photo on Twitter that shows Some softball squad uniforms in waste bags.
“This uniform represents years of efforts, sacrifices and tears. All Mexican athletes yearn to wear it with dignity, and today the Mexican softball team sadly left it all in the garbage of the Olympic villages,” he wrote in a message with a photo.
The softball team left Tokyo after finishing their participation in the Olympics on Monday.
The also boxer Esmeralda Falcón published more photos of the bags with the tricolor clothing.
The accusations led Mexican athletes to criticize the softball team.
“I have been diving for 20 years and this moment of going to the Games was something unique in my life, having the Mexican uniform for me means so much effort and dedication to what I love diving … See how Mexican athletes Throw it away is super sad, “diver Diego Balleza wrote on Twitter.
Others consider that there has been an overreaction.
“They have not hurt anyone, much less the country. They have hurt themselves and have thrown away a great memory. (…) The uniforms are simple fabric and colors. They have nothing to do with the homeland,” said commentator David Faitelson.
The players have not disclosed their position, while the authorities of the Mexican Softball Federation (FMS) announced that they would investigate what happened.
The Mexican softball team ended their participation in Tokyo 2020 in fourth place, after losing to Canada on Monday in the match for the bronze medal.
After uncovering the controversy, the president of the FMS, Rolando Guerrero, said at first that this happened because the players were overweight in its Baggage to travel back home: “The decision to leave used uniforms (…) was because they had to make room in their suitcases”.
He assured that each player had multiple uniforms: “If they left one or two, it is because they had another three.”
Later the FMS offered an apology and announced possible sanctions.
“We are equally outraged with the player (s) and a thorough investigation will be carried out to find the person (s) responsible for these acts, applying the appropriate sanctions and [que] stop representing this federation, “says a statement.
The president of the Mexican Olympic Committee (COM), Carlos Padilla, also said that there will be “exemplary sanctions.”
“We will definitely not allow this to happen again. All athletes take care of and protect these uniforms, also some donate them to museums and their states so that young people can see them and be inspired by the practice of a sport. What they did was throwing it in the trash can and that is a great offense, “Padilla told reporters.
The president of the COM said that he will take the matter personally with the president of the FMS.
“He knows that they preferred to take the pillows and bedspreads from the Olympic Village instead of the uniforms,” he said.
In the competitions, the team did not wear the uniform provided by the Mexican delegation, manufactured by the Chinese firm Li-Ning, but one sponsored by the American Nike.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.