The Olympic Federation of Ireland today announced that Adidas will be the official 2019 kit supplier to Team Ireland through Irish distributor, McKeever Sport.
Adidas will supply a range of training apparel, village and competition wear for the athletes of Team Ireland at the European Games in Minsk this June 2019 and the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku, this July.
This is a significant announcement as the Olympic Council of Ireland (now the Olympic Federation of Ireland) saw their previous kit deal with New Balance end of after Rio 2016.
New Balance deciding to end their deal with the then OCI in the wake of the Pat Hickey controversy.
A team of approximately 70 Irish athletes will participate at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus.
Team Ireland will also include 30 support staff, drawn from partners at the Sport Ireland Institute and National Governing Bodies, including Coaching, Performance Sport Science and Medical practitioners.
In total, 4000 athletes from 50 nations will compete across 15 sports at the European Games between June 21-30.
A team of 50 athletes and 20 support staff from Team Ireland will compete at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan between July 21-27.
This multi-sport event is aimed at emerging elite athletes aged between 14 and 18 and the summer edition is held every two years.
“2019 is an important year for the Olympic Federation of Ireland with two major Games taking place in June and July, at a time of significant ongoing preparations for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo said Olympic Federation of Ireland CEO, Peter Sherrard.
“We are happy to have an iconic brand providing support for our athletes at these events in 2019 and look forward to developing the partnership between Adidas and McKeever Sports with Team Ireland during the year”.