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Hassan Rashed

Nike unveils latest offerings ahead of 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Nike has unveiled its latest range of products that athletes will wear while competing at the 2020 Olympic Games.

The sportswear giant revealed a mainstream version of the prototype Alphafly shoe on Wednesday among a series of new high-performance footwear ahead of the event in Tokyo.

The Air Zoom Alphafly Next% is based on the race shoe used by Eliud Kipchoge when he became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours in October.

"Barriers are inspiring to innovators," said Nike vice-president Tony Bignell on the American brand's website.

"Like athletes, when a barrier is in front of us, we are challenged to think differently and push game-changing progress in footwear design.”

The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% is a mainstream version of the prototype worn by Eliud Kipchoge (NIKE)

Although the prototype shoe used by Kipchoge in Austria did not meet new restrictions recently imposed by World Athletics, Nike have said that the Zoom Alphafly Next% does comply with rules.

"We are pleased the Nike Zoom Vaporfly series and Nike Zoom Alphafly Next% remain legal," Nike said in a statement ( via BBC Sport).

"We will continue our dialogue with World Athletics and the industry on new standards."

As well as the Air Zoom Viperfly and Air Zoom Victory shoes, which are designed for sprint and middle-distance races, Nike also debuted its competition apparel.

Nike's sustainable 'Space Hippie' shoes (NIKE)
Nike revealed another striking design for the Nigeria football team (NIKE)

The new collections, which include US basketball, track and field and medal uniforms, feature sustainable materials which Nike said formed part of its commitment to helping the future of the planet.

They also showcased its 'Space Hippie' footwear which is predominately built from sustainable waste.

Nike President and CEO Joe Donahue said: “At Nike, we see sport’s greatest stage as our biggest opportunity to show the world what’s possible.

“After all, what’s at stake isn’t just records, but the future of sport itself.

"In Tokyo, we’ll help the world’s best reach new levels of performance with our revolutionary platform, while sharing real solutions for the barriers all athletes face under rapidly changing climate conditions.”

South Korea's away kit features a white tiger pattern (NIKE)
The USA football kit (NIKE)

Elsewhere, the American sportswear giant also revealed its latest football offerings, including the latest kits for the USA, South Korea and Nigeria national teams.

Following the success of the Nigeria home kit for the 2018 World Cup, Nike have provided yet another classy design which is based on the aesthetic of an agbada robe.

They also revealed the Super Eagles' away kit, which is said to be inspired by Onaism, a traditional artistic movement which is central to craft and design in Nigeria.

The designs for the South Korea strips are equally striking, with a pink and red home kit while the away shirt showcases a white tiger print which is also on the socks.

Meanwhile, they have stuck with more traditional designs for the USA kits, with the predominantly white home strip complemented with a navy blue away strip.

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