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Nike withdraws complaint against U.S. athlete Berian

Good news for 800 meter runner Boris Berian. The sportswear manufacturer Nike has withdrawn the complaint of infringement of contract that they had raised against the U.S. athlete. There are now no more obstacles to participation in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – at least from a legal point of view. 

Boris Berian is the fifth fastest American over 800 meters
Boris Berian is the fifth fastest American over 800 meters

After the competent judge postponed his verdict by one week to 28 June, Nike decided to drop the complaint, because this date would have fallen on the eve of the important Olympic trials.

The reason for the legal dispute was Berian’s latest sponsorship contract with New Balance. Although the Nike contract expired in December 2015, the U.S. sportswear giant reserved the right to match the competition in every offer, in order to continue to bind Berian to Nike.

Berian is the fifth fastest athlete over 800 meters and a potential beacon of hope at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

 

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