Team GB Union Jack changes slammed by Olympic legend Fatima Whitbread

Team GB Union Jack changes slammed by Olympic legend Fatima Whitbread
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 02/04/2024

- 12:36

Updated: 02/04/2024

- 14:10

British sporting legend Fatima Whitbread has condemned changes to the design of the Union Jack made by the British Olympic Association, saying she is “absolutely disgusted”.

The BOA has been selling Team GB “Supporters Flags” ahead of the Paris Olympic Games which incorporate patterns and shades of pink and purple.

Whitbread told GB News: “I'm absolutely disgusted to think they’ve done it. Let’s face it, it represents our late Queen, it represents everything that embraces what's good about our country as years have gone by.

“I feel strongly about that. No way should they have just gone ahead and changed the country’s symbolic colours.

“It is about national pride and unity, as far as I'm concerned.”

In a discussion with Bev Turner and Ben Leo, she continued: “It's about our country, it’s being proud to say we are Great Britain.

“Red, white, and blue, it has been that for 223 years, so why change it? Why is there a need to change it just because of other countries?

“We are what we are. We're not supposed to try and mulch it into something else in order to be individual.

“We are an individual country, we have red, white and blue in our colours, and that's the way it should stay.”

She added: “Our forefathers went to war for us and fought for all the different things that we stand for now, that shouldn't just be wiped out either. I'm proud to be British.

“A Union Jack is what it's all about for me, national pride and unity, and it should be for those younger ones. It has been built on the history of what we as a nation are proud to be.”


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