Good bye to sarees

Indian women athletes will sport a new look at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, at the Gold Coast in Australia, on April 4. Instead of their usual saris and blazers, they will be wearing blazers and trousers.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has decided that the entire Indian contingent, both men and women, will wear navy blue blazers and trousers.

“It is a matter of comfort,” said IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta. “We received feedback that wearing a sari for such a long time isn’t convenient for the athletes. Opening ceremonies usually carry on for four-five hours. Also, they need help to wear it, which complicates things for them. So we have decided that men and women will wear similar clothes for the ceremony.”