The Israel Olympic Committee officially unveiled the uniforms the Israeli athletes will be wearing to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo next month.
The uniforms include printed T-shirts, classic chino shorts and pants and a transparent nylon jacket. The clothing was inspired and informed by the Star of David, according to the designers from the Israeli fashion company Castro.
“The athletes’ outfits were inspired by the colors of the Israeli flag and the shapes of the Star of David,” said Noy Dror, head of Castro’s design studio. “The lines of the Star of David were interpreted as outlines with sharp angles reminiscent of the abstract shape of the symbol. The end result creates a sophisticated look with a clear connection to fashionable Israeliness. The color of the items is based on the colors of the flag and its shades of blue.”
The event officially unveiling the clothing on Tuesday was attended by seven athletes who will represent Israel at the games in Tokyo: swimmers Meiron Cheruti and Andy Murez, runner Selamawit Teferi, triathlete Shachar Sagiv, Taekwondo competitor Avishag Semberg and sailing duo Shahar Tibi and Noya Baram.
Japanese Ambassador to Israel Koichi Mizushima also attended the event.
“I am looking forward and excited to see the Israeli athletes in the Castro uniforms entering the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo for the opening ceremony,” said Mizushima. The ambassador noted that Tokyo is “taking all possible measures to ensure that the Tokyo 2020 Games will be safe for everyone.”
Castro has designed the outfits for the Israeli delegation to the Olympics for the past 25 years.
“We are proud to continue the tradition of the leading design company in Israel supporting the design and dressing of the Israeli delegation to the Olympic Games,” said Castro Group CEO Ron Rotter, who noted that the company’s participation is a full donation to the Olympic Committee. “We place great importance on supporting athletes who represent the country. The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is one of the most watched events in the world and the leading design houses in every country take part.”
Rotter added that Castro and the Israel Olympic Committee “are all creating and working together out of a sense of Israeli pride and the desire to excel and succeed. We wish great success to all Israeli athletes participating in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”