Company sponsors outfits for Special Olympics athletes

The athletes training ahead of the upcoming Special Olympics World Games in Berlin.

GLOBAL apparel retailer Uniqlo has teamed up with Special Olympics Malaysia to send off the Malaysian contingent participating at the upcoming Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany in June 2023.

The send-off event at IPGM Kampus Perempuan Melayu, Melaka, marked a significant moment for the delegation of 39 athletes, coaches and officials representing Malaysia.

The Special Olympics World Games are slated to take place from June 17 to 25.

As the official apparel sponsor for Special Olympics Malaysia at the closing ceremony, Uniqlo will be providing the delegation with sports uniforms made from recycled materials, in line with the brand’s commitment to sustainability.

The team’s uniforms include the Uniqlo life wear concept, designed to make everyone’s life better with innovative production methods and performance fabrics.

“Our commitment to improving and benefitting the communities around us is deeply rooted in Uniqlo’s philosophy of making the world a better place through the power of clothing.

“Our team uniforms for the Special Olympics Malaysia were not only designed with quality and innovation in mind but also made with recycled materials, contributing to a better world in more ways than one,” said Uniqlo Malaysia sustainability director Evelyn Tan.

At the send-off event, Special Olympics Malaysia athletes and Uniqlo staff came together to participate in a Unified Sports Games, which included events like the 4x100m relay, bocce and shot put.

Special Olympics Malaysia is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Special Olympics Malaysia promotes social inclusion through the power of sport, enabling every individual to reach their full potential and emphasising the significance of social inclusion.

“We are thrilled to support this initiative and to have the opportunity to work with Special Olympics Malaysia to make a difference in the lives of the athletes and the wider community,” added Tan.

The sponsored items include a pocketable UV protection Parka (3D Cut) made from 46% recycled nylon, Dry-Ex crew neck short sleeve T-Shirt, made from 100% recycled polyester and ultra-stretch Dry-Ex jogger pants, made from 33% recycled polyester.

In addition to sponsoring Special Olympics Malaysia, Uniqlo is also dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities.

This commitment is demonstrated through fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment that provides equal opportunities for everyone by employing people with disabilities, who currently make up over 2% of its workforce in Malaysia, as well as equipping them with necessary skills through training.

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