Australia unveil their Olympic kit for 2021

Australian athletes pose during the Australian Olympic Team Tokyo 2020 uniform unveiling on 31 March 2021 (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images)
Australian athletes pose during the Australian Olympic Team Tokyo 2020 uniform unveiling on 31 March 2021 (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images)

With less than four months to go until the start of the Olympic Games in 2021, Australia have revealed their famous gold and green uniform with touches of Japanese inspiration and a special Indigenous design. 

Basic info

Country: Australia

Famous Olympians: Ian Thorpe, Dawn Fraser, Betty Cuthbert, Cathy Freeman, James Tomkin, Sally Pearson, Libby Trickett, Murray Rose, Shane Gould, Rechelle Hawkes

Colours: Green and gold

Images courtesy of ASICS

Concept

The Australian Olympic Team uniform has been in the works since 2018 for what could be the nation's largest Olympic delegation for a Games outside of Australia with 480 athletes across more than 30 sports including coaching and support staff expected in Tokyo.

The uniform takes inspiration from the host city while presenting it in the iconic green and gold with Japanese origami inspired graphics highlighted throughout.

It will also include a shirt incorporating the artwork of Indigenous artist and Olympic boxer Paul Fleming. Titled 'Walking Together', the design includes 52 sets of footsteps representing the 52 Indigenous athletes who've competed at the Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, Australia's women's basketball team, the Opals, will also bring back their iconic bodysuit from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. It was first worn at Atlanta 1996 but for the past two Games, shorts and singlets were used. Will it join other iconic uniforms the world has seen at the Games?

It was a "player driven decision" Katie Ebzery said at the reveal of the uniform on 31 March comparing it to the their version of the 'baggy green' - worn by cricket players.

With the Olympic Games taking place in the Tokyo summer, a cooling print, strategically placed mesh and technical fabrics have been used to help with the heat and humidity athletes will face in the host nation.

After a year of uncertainty we can now see the start line on July 23. It's going to be a big moment for our athletes to be there in the green and gold.

Ian Chesterman, AOC Chef De Mission

Obviously it's a huge honour. Every kid who plays sports dreams of growing up and pulling on the green and gold and I'm one of the lucky few who gets to do it. Everytime I get to do it, it is a special moment.

Lucy Stephan, Rio 2016 Olympic rower

Katie Ebzery poses during the Australian Olympic Team Tokyo 2020 uniform unveiling (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images)
Katie Ebzery poses during the Australian Olympic Team Tokyo 2020 uniform unveiling (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images)
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It's not just a piece of clothing it represents so much more to us than that and we really wanted to return to that rich Opals history and legacy.

Katie Ebzery, Rio 2016 Olympic Basketball player

Rugby Sevens star Maurice Longbottom of the Dharawal mob wearing shirt that incorporates artwork by Indigenous Olympian and artist Paul Fleming
Rugby Sevens star Maurice Longbottom of the Dharawal mob wearing shirt that incorporates artwork by Indigenous Olympian and artist Paul Fleming
Images courtesy of ASICS

It's a huge honour to wear this [Indigenous shirt design], this is my culture, this is who I am.

Maurice Longbottom, Men's Rugby 7s player