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  • 10:16 AM ET  08.19

By Mark Bechtel

 

A thought while watching what's been a surprisingly dreary (UPDATE: an action-packed, bizarrely ill-will-laden) Brazil-Argentina soccer semifinal: When it comes to ridiculously misguided rules and regulations, the IOC can really give the NCAA a run for its money. Brazil is wearing different jerseys than the ones they usually wear. Their football federation badges are missing, because the IOC has a rule against them. Brazil's sports minister said, "The IOC determines that we shouldn't use any national identification in the jersey, only the colours of the country and the Olympic arcs." He neglected to mention the Nike swoosh, which the IOC has no problem with. So Brazil broke out a different set of badgeless jerseys; other countries just ripped their emblems off their shirts. Check out the Argentinians' chests. You can see the spots where the badges were--right next to their Adidas logos.

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