At the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, Indian women have traditionally worn saris. For the first time, at the upcoming Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Australia, the female athletes will not wear saris.
The Indian female athletes will be wearing trousers and a blazer instead of the colourful saris. While many have welcomed this change, there are traditionalists who are less than pleased.
Rohit Khanna, a spokesperson from Raymond, the company that designed the new opening ceremony uniform, explained: “Traditional Indian costume is definitely a sari but women athletes have themselves said that wrapping a sari is a tedious thing to do. So based on their feedback, we created this ensemble for women athletes which is a white shirt, blazer, and trousers with a scarf.”
Traditionalists Prefer Saris for Opening Ceremony
Although many have supported the change, there are traditionalists who have spoken out against the trousers instead of saris. Sakshi Malik, a wrestler, and PV Sindhu, a top badminton player, have both noted that they prefer saris.
Malik commented: “We always feel happy and proud when we wear a sari during the opening ceremonies.”
Some Athletes Prefer the Change
There has been more support for the change from younger athletes.
Rani Rampal, the 23-year-old women’s hockey captain, said of the new uniform: “It’s very nice. Time to time there should be changes. Girls always used to wear a sari at the Games but this time it will be different, and I love it.”
Pranita Das, who has competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, has said she feels that trousers made more sense for the women athletes.
Manu Bhakar, the 15-year-old shooter, also prefers the new pants and trousers combination. She said: “I have never worn these typical women dresses, so it was a bit weird when thinking that I would have to wear the sari.”
2018 Commonwealth Games
This year, the Indian men and women will be wearing similar uniforms for the opening ceremony. The men will be wearing ties while the women will be wearing scarves with their blue blazers and gray trousers.
The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is set to take place on 4th April 2018 in Australia.