Two Filipino-American runners bagged gold medals in SEAG 100m dash, but their victory is quickly overshadowed by a grave mistake in their uniforms – the Philippine flagged is shown inverted signifying the country is at war.
Athletes are seen celebrating viral photos that sparked controversies online. Eric Shawn Clay and Kayla Richardson were wearing blue vest with embroided PH flag.
More than 400 sets issued to the Filipino athletes for the games that these were only two of the three uniforms with the flag sewn upside down.
The Philippine Sports Commission or the athletes are not to be blamed. “It’s the supplier’s mistake,” said athletics Chief Philip Ella Juico
“It’s unfortunate it happened. Tatlo lang yung may maling flag, natapat pa doon sa dalawa (There were only three uniforms with wrong flag placements, and these went to Cray and Richardson),” rued Juico.
“We have asked the supplier to publicly explain this lapse. However, this lapse should not diminish the fact that the athletics team is performing in an outstanding way and is doing the country proud,” he said.
According to netizens the act was:
The same situation in year 2013, Seattle Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin carried a Filipino flag upside down but it was intentional as he campaigned for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
The country’s new track superstar made sure that this time the country will be properly represented.
A day after mistakenly wearing a uniform, Cray showed up wearing the same shade of uniform with the proper flag on the upper right front.
“It was unfortunate. Nobody noticed it until the pictures came out in the internet. I feel sorry for that. It will never happen again,” Cray told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.
Jynvel R. Anguren
Leyte Normal University