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With her big blue eyes, blonde mane and a hand-knitted 2012 Olympics running kit, this doll would make a perfect addition to any little girl’s collection.
But not if the jobsworths of the Olympics authorities have anything to do with it.
Rigid copyright rules over the London 2012 logo mean the widow who made the doll’s outfit cannot put her into a church fundraising sale.
Joy Tomkins, 81, spent hours creating the kit for the second-hand doll, which was to go on sale with a £1 price tag.
But after hearing that Olympics officials jealously guarded their logos, she decided to check with trading standards officers about the tiny GB 2012 and Olympic rings she had embroidered on the T-shirt. To her shock, she was told to withdraw the doll from sale to avoid legal action.
The grandmother of six, from Downham Market, Norfolk, says the rules are ‘21st-century silliness’ and she has written to Olympics chief Lord Coe to complain.
‘This is absolutely ridiculous. I thought that the hoops symbol was universal and I think it is disgusting that they can make rules about such little things. It’s Olympic correctness gone mad,’ she said.
The doll was handed in to Mrs Tomkins’ charity knitting group by a member of public and she decided to replace its tired outfit.