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Nike Bags with Adidas Zippers?! Egyptian Swimmer’s Tweet over Fake Olympic Gear Causes Row between Nike & the Egyptian Olympic Committee



When Yomna Khallaf, a 20 year-old Egyptian swimmer who is competing in the synchronised swimming found out that her Olympic bag had a giant Nike Logo but the zippers were marked Adidas, she tweeted her observation which caused a row between sports gear manufacturers, Nike and the Egyptian Olympic Committee and eventually, a donation of authentic items from Nike.

Part of the content of her tweet was:

“The bags for example have big Nike logo on the front and the zippers are addidas”

“Its so frustrating that we had to pay extra 2000 pounds to have other proper stuff to wear so that we can look OK not even good”

Her tweet prompted Nike to send a letter of warning to the Egyptian Olympic Committee after Ms Khallaf said their attitude had been: ‘Take this or have nothing at all.’

In response, Chairman of the Egyptian Olympic Committee Gen Mahmoud Ahmed Ali, admitted that their Chinese supplier had been giving them knockoff goods but they had to buy those because of the country’s tight finances. He added that it was ‘sufficient’ for the Egyptians and that Nike should pursue the supplier in China, not his committee.

However, according to Adly el-Shafie, the commercial director of Nike’s only agent and distributor in Egypt, the Egyptian officials accepted the bid from an unauthorized vendor at half the price.

Nike noted that it “consistently acts to protect its brand and actively engages with law enforcement agencies and Customs authorities to stop counterfeit product reaching consumers and athletes.”

The implication is that if the bags are fake, then the shoes, clothes and their entire gear would be fake too.

Her discovery is currently causing a buzz at the Olympics as Nike has said it has little tolerance for counterfeit products reaching athletes at such a world class event.

To prove their point, they have replaced the counterfeit products with original ones. The Egyptian athletes recieved donations of free sports gear from Nike to quell the rage of the athletes and improve their company’s image. As they said in an email “Our main priority is to provide athletes with authentic Nike product.”

I guess its a win-win situation for Nike and the athletes. The athletes got their authentic sports gear and Nike now has an improved reputation among athletes at the Olympics.


Yomna & Other Swimmers

Sources: CNN | Daily Mail | NBC

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. AnonYMOUS

    July 31, 2012 at 6:19 am


  2. Moyo

    July 31, 2012 at 7:29 am

    If it were to be Nigeria, we’ll say its Aba made, now its what?…….loool

    • fokasibe

      July 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Made in China!!

    • ameenah

      July 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      hehe, exactly. nice one

  3. Gabriel Ige

    July 31, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Why didn’t she take a pic of the knock off bag?

  4. omolola

    July 31, 2012 at 8:10 am


  5. bola

    July 31, 2012 at 8:42 am

    i guess this china pple should be caution.

  6. Me2me

    July 31, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Im happy

  7. Sarah

    July 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Na wa for TWITTER, it is indeed an instrument for causing confusion and warfare. Before TWITTER, much of the issues faced in previous olympics were easily buried, now everything is made open to all.

  8. [email protected]

    July 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Lol, thats crazy…

  9. @ajiriavae

    July 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Is Nike saying that she doesn’t have a right, like every other consumer to express dissatifaction with a product? Nike is not a small business. They do billion dollar business all over the world so getting over this will be easy for them. In fact, I’m sure they are going to go after the manifacturer, so that will end up helping them in their fight against counterfeit goods. The most important thing is that the mistake has been corrected.

  10. Audrey

    July 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Hahahaha! Only in Africa! Nike logo with adidas zippers.

  11. laotan

    July 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

    am quite sure its made in china……the Chinese people can sell a country

  12. saphyah

    July 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Just as Offili rightly stated in one of his write ups, “social media is a truth amplifying tool”. If she had not tweeted bout it, no one would have heard….:-)

  13. pynk

    July 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Egypt y!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Ndidi

    July 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Forget about the nike bags with fake adidas zippers, I’m just wondering what will happen to these Egyptian swimmers and ALL Egyptian women when their Mullahs (religious clerks) and politicians see these pictures of them in their swimming attires and rule that they are too provocative. These women are brave sha!

  15. taiwo

    July 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm


  16. Ajoke

    August 1, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Egypt had to by knock off wears for their athletes because they couldn’t afford the real thing, sad. But anyways, it’s about the sport, they can just consider it a funny part of their olympic experience.

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