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Nick Symmonds Rails Against IAAF And USATF

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 4, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 4, 2011 at 9:37 AM UTC
Nick Symmonds didn't pull any punches in his recent rant about the state of track and field. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The American 800m champion thinks his beloved sport is dying.

Nick Symmonds didn't pull any punches in his recent rant about the state of track and field. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Nick Symmonds is not happy–not at all. Yesterday on Flotrack.org, the American middle-distance specialist posted a rant titled “I’m Tired of USATF and IAAF Crippling Our Sport.” Symmmonds’ displeasure was aimed at two governing bodies of track and field–the USATF (United States Track and Field) and the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation).

Specfically, Symmonds was “referring to the ridiculously outdated regulations that our governing bodies have in place to control the way corporations are able to advertise in our sport.”

The former Willamette University standout pointed out that most fans are unaware of the limited opportunities for sponsorship that are available to athletes. He goes on to suggest that “these limitations are not born of a lack of interest from corporations, but rather of the rules set in place by the United States Track and Field Association (USATF) and the International Associations of Athletics Federations (IAAF).”

Symmonds says his sport is dying and that few athletes, coaches, and agents are happy with its current state.

For More: Flotrack.org

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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