Historic Australian Olympic team uniform given tick of approval

The Australian Olympic team uniform for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games has been given a resounding thumbs up from athletes and fans alike with an historic first indigenous pattern incorporation, given the tick of approval.

Unveiled at Sydney's iconic Circular Quay, a selection of Australia's best athletes across a wide range of sports modeled the uniform in an official ceremony that has reinforced Australian confidence that the 2020 Games will go ahead despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

While the uniform features technology that will keep the athletes cool throughout what's expected to be the hottest Olympics to date, the kit's most exciting detail is the Indigenous training shirt, designed by Australian 2008 Olympian and boxer Paul Fleming.

The design features 52 footsteps, representing the 52 Indigenous athletes who've competed for Australia at Olympic level.

Australian men's sevens star and Indigenous man Maurice Longbottom was proud to wear the training shirt at the launch and said he was inspired by the story behind the design.

"I love it, I've been hearing about it all week but this is the first time I've actually seen it in person and been able to wear it," Longbottom said. "I'm blown away by it and the story that's behind it, I'm just so blown away by it all.

"100 percent it's inspiring. Going in the same footsteps that they already have and being able to represent that culture on the biggest stage of all, it's an amazing feeling I can't wait.

"I'd love to see more people in it to be honest, but it's good."

While the playing and training uniforms were launched, no formal wear was revealed which athletes usually march in during the Opening and Closing ceremonies. When asked what the events could look like in Tokyo, Australian Olympic Committee Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman said details had still not been released.

"We're yet to find out a lot of the details about how it will operate in Tokyo," Chesterman said. "We know already that we'll be in a very tight bubble, but what the opening ceremony looks like we're still to find out.

"One job I still have on my agenda and I'm looking forward to is naming two flag bearers for the first time since 1980. Australia will march in with one male and one female athlete, but what the opening ceremony looks like we'll have to wait and see."

Australia is expected to send their largest Olympic team to date with close to 480 athletes competing in 34 of the 37 events. Asked whether athletes would be vaccinated before the Games gets underway on July 21, Chesterman said he was confident, but that they would not be "jumping the queue".

"We're very confident we'll have all our athletes and team vaccinated, obviously we're working with the health department and we're very aware we don't want to jump the queue.

"Whether we do or we don't that's not going to make much difference. In one sense we want to be vaccinated of course, but if we had to go over not vaccinated the Games would still go on.

"It clearly is an advantage for us to go over vaccinated to join the other countries who will go over vaccinated. It's obviously the desire of the IOC to have as many people vaccinated as possible. We are confident we'll be in that position."