If you’re looking for a local angle to the controversy over U.S. Olympic team uniforms being made in China, look toward Lakewood.
That’s where, for the past 42 years, a company called Matman Wrestling has designed and manufactured wrestling uniforms – with some of those uniforms having been worn, over the years, by Olympic athletes.
But not this year for Team USA.
According to a spokesman for the governing body – USA Wrestling in Colorado Springs, Colo. – the uniforms are being provided by a company called Asics.
Which is not from around here.
Asics, with an office in California, is based in Japan.
Which is where, according to Asics public relations worker Brie Taylor, this year’s Team USA wrestling uniforms were made.
“We would have been more than happy to do the suits. We would have been more than happy,” said Warren Deprenger, president of Matman Wrestling, in Lakewood, USA, on Tuesday.