31 Aug '15, 5pm

Very nice to see @USATF finally treating the athletes with a little respect.

Very nice to see @USATF finally treating the athletes with a little respect.

Because he didn’t sign the statement, Symmonds was left off the world team . He was replaced by Clayton Murphy, the fourth finisher at the U.S. championships in June. After Murphy was named to the team, USATF Chief Public Affairs Officer Jill Geer told Runner’s World Newswire that the letter instructing athletes to pack only Nike or non-branded apparel was a mistake. Geer also said team members wouldn’t be required to wear Nike gear at all times. Runners contacted by Newswire said they wore non-Nike apparel outside of competition. “Since I've been over here, it really hasn't been a big deal,” Nicole Tully, who is sponsored by Hoka One One, said in an email. “On my easy runs and track workouts, I'm wearing whatever is comfortable,” Tully wrote two days before placing 13th in the 5,000-meter final. “Plenty of athletes—and big name non-Nike athletes—have been wearing their sp...

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