Last year before the World Championships, Symmonds' dispute with USATF over his refusal to sign an agreement to wear Nike logo clothing at the world championships in non competition venues was the biggest story going into the championships. He was eventually denied participation in those championships by USATF for refusing to sign the agreement, as he was sponsored by Brooks and would have preferred to wear Brooks clothing when not in competition.
Wearing logos has moved a long way in many sports. Racing drivers used to be logo free fifty years ago. Now they are walking billboards. Even the NFL whose uniforms from a distance appear logo free in close have a lot of logos on them. And it brings a lot of money to the athletes for allowing this.
So it remains to be seen if there will be any mention of the Run Gum story tomorrow as we watch the marathon trials.
The purpose of the conference I attended yesterday was to discuss how these problems can and have been dealt with outside the courts in the mediation and arbitration venues. It can be faster, cheaper and preserve relationships which often is just the opposite in the court system. I'll talk more about this in the future.
In another story in the news today, I noticed that the Nestle company is in the process of withdrawing from it's agreement to support Kids' Track and Field with the IAAF. That's a million dollars a year out the door of the IAAF coffers. Ironically it seems somewhat hypocritical that Nestle would be putting money into childrens' sport as for years they were criticized for promoting their products of milk formula to Third World children which forced mothers to use contaminated water to add to the Nestle powdered formula resulting in a lot of health problems in those children. Also looks like Adidas is threatening to pull out of its contract with the IAAF, another 4 million dollars a year in sponsorship. The IAAF has plenty of chances to find other corporations that exploit child labor somewhere in the world to fill that void. No apologies for my cynicism.
George, nicely written. I went straight to the getrungum.comwebsite, to learn more of the secret of Nick Symmonds' speed. Such genius: caffein in gum -- in delicious flavors. Next, they'll be putting nicotine into gum. Then, who knows: that instant energy source, sugar. Isn't modern science wonderful!