With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics well into its first week – the first Olympics in the era of covid-19 – talk among audiences in the USA and UK of where to buy Olympic face masks has taken over the internet. Team USA’s large white Olympic face masks, provided by Nike, seem to be of particular interest.
Olympic face masks in the era of covid-19
There are lots of ways to express appreciation for your national team, or support an individual competitor.
In the current era, one of the more obvious, and accessible, ways is to wear a face mask bearing that team’s insignia, colours, logo or flag.
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Manufacturers and distributors are encouraging supporters to “cover up in style” with Team USA and Team GB face masks, among other items of merchandise.
USA and UK: Where to buy Olympic face masks
The Team USA official shop has 10-packs of disposable face masks for sale, currently at a reduced price.
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UK supporters, meanwhile, can purchase Team GB mask sets from sports merchandise retailer FOCO.
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It is important to point out, however, that while outlets may encourage consumers to “show [their] Olympic pride with clothing, shoes” etc., it is possible – and more environmentally friendly – to do so without buying anything.
Face masks that have a year on them, or the name of a particular event, have obsolescence built in. Mass consumerism presents a momentous challenge to our shared global ecosystem. So if possible, support your team in a way that is environmentally conscious.
Why is everyone talking about Nike’s Olympic masks?
It is compulsory for Olympic athletes across all disciplines and in all venues to wear face masks. IOC spokesperson Mark Adams said “It’s not a nice to have – it’s a must to have.”
They are, however, allowed to remove their masks during their “podium moment”.
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The large, white, patterned designs of Team USA’s swimming team’s masks, provided by Nike, seem to be of particular interest to the public. Comparisons vary from Tom Hardy’s Bane and Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter to a single Kanye West’s Yeezy sneaker.
Those wanting to know where to buy Team USA’s large white Nike face masks face disappointment, however. They do not appear to be available for purchase.