Pinoy athletes in Sea Games wear uniforms with inverted flag

It was a great day for the Philippine delegations to the 2015 Southeast Asian Games due to the five-gold medal haul by Filipino athletes, but it was dampened by a controversial issue that eclipsed their feat. The uniforms of two Filipino athletes featured an inverted Philippine flag. Several media sites ran photos of Filipino-American sprinters Eric Shauwn Cray and Kayla Robinson, who each bagged a gold medal for their respective 100-meter events; celebrating their victories. Keen-eyed readers noticed that the two wore uniforms with the Philippine flag upside down with the red shade on top instead of blue; a symbolism that means the Philippines is officially at war. The photos drew negative reactions from the public.

The Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission have denied responsibility for the gaffe. Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) President Philip Juico had issued an apology, blaming the uniform supplier for the error. Juico said he already asked the supplier to issue a statement acknowledging its mistake. He also urged the Filipinos to not overreact about the mistake. “The inverted Philippine flag is a supplier error which is being corrected. It was stitched on in just a few competition uniforms. We have asked the supplier to publicly explain this lapse. This minor lapse should not detract from the fact that our athletics team is performing in an outstanding manner and is doing the country proud,” Juico said. In Manila, Presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said she hope the oversight should be corrected at once.
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