Nigeria did not blush after athletes arrived at the Commonwealth Games without equipment

A British sportswear manufacturer had to respond to an SOS call from Nigeria’s Commonwealth Games team after they went out of gear.

Gino Ruffinato, manager of MG Sportswear, based in a town near the host city of Birmingham, initially thought it was a “factory” before bringing his 14 employees to work.

“As I went along, I started getting order emails, so at that point I thought, wait, I think this is serious,” he told the BBC.

“When we were given a deadline saying it should be ready by Friday and today was Tuesday… there are all fabrics, prints, designs to release in two days. It was a little exciting.”

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His team had to make 200 pieces of equipment, including vests and running shorts, tracksuits for staff and even 400 Nigerian badges after the African team said they were let down by suppliers.

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

He said that he will pay even more attention to the Games after the emergency assistance is provided.

“I’m still pinching – I’ll watch TV and see MG Sportswear brand for the national team,” he said.

“This is amazing.”

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