IT IS A good job that the 2012 Olympics are being held in London!
As the capital’s sporting extravaganza approaches everyone from the athletes, to their coaches and the volunteers helping at the event, will all be making their final preparations – including a trip to Leicestershire.
The British Olympic Association has decreed that the 550 athletes, their 450 support staff and the volunteers, who number around 300, will all have to visit Loughborough University to be kitted in out in the official Stella McCartney designed Adidas gear.
The Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt (apparently he is not some kind of posh cook but organises stuff) revealed that: “In total 175,000 units of kit across 23 sizes will be delivered.
“Each athlete will receive approximately 70 items of Adidas kit.”
And as they used to say in the army, wait for it, wait for it ... “And that is not including their competition or formal wear.”
Just what athletes need to wear outside of their competition gear and ‘formal wear’ (are there going to be a lot of Olympic dinner dances?) is beyond me or indeed why there is so much of it.
I used to sit and ponder issues like ‘how do pole vaulters get their gear and equipment through revolving hotel doors?’ but obviously it is all a lot more complicated than that.
But you have to consider that the competitive Olympics actually only last from July 27 until August 12.
Just when are the athletes actually going to get to wear all this gear?
Are we running the risk that Phillips Idowu will fail to turn up to compete for the triple jump gold medal because he is still trying to work out which of his myriad outfits goes best with the outrageous shade he has coloured his hair that week?
However, at least when it comes to packing all the competitors have to do is sling it in the back of the Transit they have hired from their local van rental agent to carry it to their sporting venue.
Had the event been going on in Paris – if you remember they were the ones that London managed to pip for the right to waste bucketloads of cash – then the people from Ryanair would have had been gleefully stacking on the extra charges for baggage and the bag-handlers would have been angering the vaulters by snapping their poles to get them into the hold.
And this is all before someone points out that the offspring of the knighted Beatle has got the colours of the Union flag on the kit wrong and the whole lot has got to be remade and distributed again!