China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency denounced an uproar caused by the US team’s “Made in China” Olympic uniforms, calling US politicians’ reaction “blasphemy” of the Olympic spirit, Reuters reported. “The Olympic spirit is all about separating sports from politics, but these US politicians are going too far and trying to force a political tag onto the uniforms,” an article in Xinhua commented. US politicians have protested the internationally manufactured uniforms, and six Democratic senators are actively pursuing legislation requiring the uniforms to be produced domestically. “This is a parochial nationalistic attitude, a blasphemy on the Olympic spirit and a show of ignorance,” the article added. The US Olympic committee has stood by its decision to have Ralph Lauren (RL.NYSE) design the uniforms and outsource the manufacturing to China.
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