On the heels of Puma’s latest Barbados track and field team sponsorship announcement, the global sportswear brand announced Wednesday it will include several other Caribbean track and field teams with federation kits ahead of the Rio Olympic Games in August.
The teams receiving the Puma running gear are Jamaica, Cuba, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Grenada and Switzerland.
Featuring the colors of each respective team’s country, the kits are made from lightweight compression fabrics and have innovative features such as ACTV taping to provide muscle support and energy return as well as bonded seams for comfort. They are also reinforced with a six-way stretch fine gauge warp-knit fabric for targeted compression while also assuring a full range of movement.
“The kits are designed with one goal in mind: to be forever faster,” the brand said in a release.
Featured in the images for the Jamaica kit is Puma-sponsored athlete Usain Bolt, who is considered the world’s fastest runner. Of the aforementioned countries, Puma and Jamaica have had the longest-standing relationship, “dominating the world of men’s sprint events in recent years,” Puma said in its Jamaica Olympic kit.
On July 22, Bolt won the IAAF Diamond League Athletics Muller Anniversary Games 200-meter race in London, where he took off his Puma sneakers and hurled them into the crowd — prompting tears from the fan who caught the shoes.