An Olympic workforce has outraged their nation and fellow athletes after reportedly dumping their uniforms in an Olympic Village bin.
Uniforms worn by Mexico’s softball workforce, which misplaced to Australia in its opening spherical then to Canada for the bronze medal on Tuesday, have been discovered discarded on Thursday.
Mexican boxer Brianda Tamara Cruz was the one to find them, and took to Twitter to specific her subsequent anger.
Sharing a photograph she took of the binned outfits, she condemned the softball workforce over the disrespectful act.
“This uniform represents years of effort, sacrifice and tears,” her submit learn.
“All Mexican athletes yearn to wear it with dignity, and today the Mexican softball team sadly left it all in the garbage of the Olympic village.”
Thousands responded to her tweet, sharing in her outrage.
“The uniform has the national flag embroidered, therefore it cannot and should not be thrown away,” one response learn.
“Obviously they do not feel Mexican, they do not feel the colours, nor the flag,” one other wrote.
“It is a lack of respect for the Mexico flag. There are countries that would be proud to have an Olympic uniform,” a 3rd, who shared extra photographs of the discarded uniforms, stated.
Following the uproar, an investigation was launched by Mexico’s Olympic committee, however president Carlos Padilla later performed down the accusations.
He instructed ESPN the workforce made the “regrettable” resolution to throw away their uniforms “in favour of some bedspreads from the Olympic village”.
Similarly, the Mexican Softball Federation expressed early outrage over the matter, however its president later stated it got here all the way down to there being “too much cargo”.
“We won’t be going after anyone or responding, or rebutting anything on social media,” Rolando Guerrero stated, in line with ESPN.
The justification was not accepted by everybody, with some arguing the workforce might have chosen to release baggage area by abandoning different objects.
“If it was as the softball coach says overweight, they could have left the cell phones and gifts that they were given in the village,” one stated.
Others speculated the gamers, who have been principally American-born, didn’t care concerning the uniforms as a result of they solely represented Mexico for a chance to attend the Olympics.