Nigeria blushes spared after athletes arrive at Commonwealth Games without kit

A British sportswear manufacturer had to respond to an SOS call from the Nigerian Commonwealth Games team after being left without equipment.

Gino Ruffinato, director of MG Sportswear, based in a town near host city Birmingham, initially thought it was a “wind-up” before throwing his 14 staff into action.

“As this progressed I started getting emails with orders, so at that point I thought, wait, I think this is serious,” he said. he told the BBC.

“When they told us the deadline was supposed to be here for Friday and today was Tuesday… there’s all the fabric, the print, the patterns to come out in two days. It was a bit hair-raising.”

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His team had to make 200 pieces of kit including running vests and shorts, staff tracksuits and even 400 Nigerian badges after the African team said it was dropped by suppliers.

Ruffinato said they were “panic stations”, but his staff rose to the challenge.

He said he would pay even more attention to the Games after providing the emergency aid.

“I pinch myself again – I’ll watch TV and see the MG Sportswear brand for a national team,” he said.

“That’s wonderful.”

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