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Sun Apr 20 05:16:23 SAST 2014

Brazilian gymnast to miss Games over sponsors

Sapa-AP | 28 June, 2012 08:300 Comments
George Square awaits the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Special City Celebration in Glasgow, presented by Coca-Cola at George Square on June 8, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland
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One of Brazil’s top women’s gymnasts will not make it to the Olympics because she allegedly refused to wear the team’s uniforms in London.

The Brazilian gymnastics confederations said on Wednesday that Barbosa didn’t want to sign an agreement that required her to wear the uniforms with the team’s sponsors.

Gymnastic officials said they complied with several of Barbosa’s demands, but could not allow her not to wear the same uniform as the other Brazilian athletes.

The 20-year-old Barbosa, who could not be immediately contacted for comment, had not showed up for the team’s preparations because of the dispute.

Five Brazilian women gymnasts will make the final list for the 2012 Games.

Barbosa, who was in the 2008 Olympics, has won two bronze medals in world championships.

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