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US lawmaker wants China-made Olympic uniforms burned

(People's Daily Online)

10:10, July 14, 2012

The official uniform of the United States of America, designed by Ralph Lauren, the famous US luxury brand, made its debut in London on July 10. It wasn't before long the media revealed that the uniform came with the label: "Made in China", which immediately caused widespread U.S. outcry. A report on said, "The Olympic Games haven't even started yet and China already has the United States' gold in its hands – from the order of uniforms the US team will wear for the opening ceremony."

In a press conference on July 12, some U.S. congress members have criticized the issue, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying: "I think the U.S. 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 large heap and burn them, and then start all over again."

"If they have nothing else but a singlet that says 'USA' on it, painted on by hand then that's what they should wear," said Reid, referring to an athletic jersey.

Rep. Steve Israel, Democratic Party New York states: "Today there are 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in this country and the Olympic committee is outsourcing the manufacturing of uniforms to China? That is not just outrageous, it's just plain dumb. It is self-defeating."

Democrats Sherrod Brown and Kirsten Gillibrand sent letters to Lawrence Probst III, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, complaining of the "Made in China" uniforms. "There is no compelling reason why all of the uniforms cannot be made here on U.S. soil at the same price, at better quality," they said.

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