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Top athletes flag up missing Union Jack on new Great Britain team kit

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 15/08/2015

Eilish McColgan and Greg Rutherford are unhappy with the new GB kit
Eilish McColgan and Greg Rutherford are unhappy with the new GB kit
Eilish McColgan and Greg Rutherford are unhappy with the new GB kit
Greg Rutherford's tweet

The daughter of a former Northern Ireland athlete has spoken of her disappointment that the GB team kit for the World Championships in Beijing is missing a Union flag.

Middle distance runner Eilish McColgan is the daughter of Scottish distance runner Liz McColgan and Peter McColgan, a former steeplechaser from Strabane, Co Tyrone.

The 25-year-old is one of a number of athletes who have hit out over the lack of a Union flag on the Great Britain team's kits.

"I think it's a little bit disappointing to see the flag is absent from the kit. Don't get me wrong, I would quite happily compete in a bin bag if it meant representing Great Britain in the World Championships," she told 5 Live Sport yesterday.

"British athletes are proud to wear the Union flag on the British kit, I think it's just a shame that it's been replaced by a company logo and a British athletics logo."

Earlier she had tweeted: 'It's unfair for athletes not supported by UKA to have to wear it... Doesn't make any sense! Bring back the flag!'

Olympic champion long-jumper Greg Rutherford led the backlash against British Athletics when he posted an image of his vest on Twitter alongside the message: "Well this isn't right ... Where's the Union Jack!?!?."

A host of present and former Team GB stars, including Dame Kelly Holmes, have since backed Rutherford.

The kit for the Beijing event, which begins on August 22, is a mostly blue jersey featuring the words "Great Britain" and the British Athletics and Nike logos on a large white "V" at the top.

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