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After refusing to sign a contract to wear Team USA gear at all team functions at the World Championships, U.S. 800m Champion Nick Symmonds was officially taken off the team roster by USATF.
Nick Symmonds (@NickSymmonds) August 10, 2015
The dispute originated when the World Championship silver medalist refused to sign a written contract that USATF required in order to be a member of the U.S. team headed to Beijing in August. The contract informed Symmonds that he had to wear Nike gear during all team functions throughout the trip to the World Championships, a requirement that Symmonds refused to sign on as the contract did not define what constitutes a team function. Symmonds felt that the contract was in violation with his own contract with Brooks Running.
Full interview from the FloTrack Throwdown:
Symmonds did not sign the contract by the Sunday deadline and was informed that USATF has chosen to leave him off of Team USA.
The two-time Olympian believes that the contract is in violation with his own contract with Brooks Running, which he signed in January of 2014 after leaving Nike. Symmonds earned his qualification to represent Team USA after winning his sixth 800m national title in June at the USATF Outdoor Championships.
Akron's Clayton Murphy, who placed fourth at the championships, is next in line for the men's 800m. The official team roster has been released by USATF.
After informing Nick Symmonds that he would not be allowed to represent Team USA at the World Championships, USATF released an official statement on the sponsorship dispute with the two-time Olympian.
UPDATE 4:00 p.m. CT August 10, 2015
Symmonds posted a blog on Huffington Post stating he didn't sign the statement of release required by USATF. You can find the blog here.