The Australian Commonwealth Games Association has responded to claims Tasmania was left off the map on a team uniform, saying it “would never knowingly do anything to offend the people of Tasmania”.
Chief executive Perry Crosswhite replied to a letter from Premier Will Hodgman saying “it is regrettable that some people were offended by the apparent slight to Tasmania”.
Swimsuits worn by athletes in Glasgow feature kangaroos, emus and maps of Australia, but no visible sign of Tassie.
Following the omission, the State Government and the Mercury joined in a campaign to promote Tasmania to the world and put it back on the map.
“Speedo, the designers and manufacturers of the training swimsuit, advise that Tasmania is in fact included in the training swimsuits,” Mr Crosswhite said.
He maintains that while the design and placement of Australia and the kangaroo is different for each garment all include Tasmania, but “at times the kangaroo covers the ‘area’ where Tasmania is”.
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