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Running reaches crossroads as Nike-led footwear arms race infects mainstream | Jonathan Liew

From Olympic and world records down to Parkruns, Nike’s Vaporfly is sole technology thriving while a sport’s soul decaysThere was a guy at Parkrun, the weekend before last, wearing a pair of lime-green Vaporflys on the start line. At least he looked su…

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World Athletics prepared to put its foot down over Nike’s new running shoe

• We could look at our regulations again, says spokesman• Governing body rejects claim US company was forewarnedWorld Athletics has insisted it will not let running-shoe technology spiral further out of control despite the release of another “gamechang…

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Nike stirs the pot with ‘gamechanger’ running shoe in step with new rules

• Air Zoom Alphafly Next% falls inside World Athletics rules• Rival brands are frustrated by Nike’s array of patentsJust days after World Athletics belatedly introduced regulations to limit shoe technology, Nike has courted further controversy with a n…

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Controversial Nike Vaporflys to escape ban but running shoe rules will tighten

• Dominant footwear will be allowed by World Athletics• No fresh technologies to be permitted until after Tokyo 2020World Athletics will not be imposing a blanket ban on the controversial hi-tech Nike Vaporflys that have transformed athletics when it a…

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Nike shoes that have revolutionised marathon times unlikely to be banned

• World Athletics working group considers limits to design• Kipchoge says shoes are fair – ‘we must go with technology’The World Athletics working group investigating the Nike shoes which have revolutionised marathon times is still deliberating over wh…

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Nike employees stage protest as company reopens Alberto Salazar building

Coach has been accused of abusive training methodsHundreds of Nike employees protest at company campusHundreds of Nike employees protested on Monday as the company reopened a building named after controversial athletics coach Alberto Salazar.Salazar, w…

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High time that Nike and the IAAF did the right thing by athletes | Sean Ingle

The stars of track and field need a powerful and independent union to protect them from abuse from the sportswear giant and the mismanagement of the governing bodyWhat more can one say about Nike except that in a hotly contested field it once again lea…

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If Nike really wants to empower women, start with athletes like Mary Cain | Arwa Mahdawi

Enough with the expensive ads – try ensuring that no other young athlete has to suffer what Cain went through insteadSign up for The week in patriarchy, a newsletter? on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Continue reading…

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Nike investigates claims of ‘emotional and physical abuse’ at Oregon Project

• Several former Oregon Project athletes back Mary Cain in fight• Athlete had osteoporosis and period stopped for three yearsNike says it will launch an immediate investigation into former US running prodigy Mary Cain’s claims that she didn’t have a pe…

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Liverpool free to sign kit deal with Nike after New Balance appeal is rejected

• Liverpool had been in legal dispute with current kit suppliers• Rejected appeal paves way for lucrative five-year deal with NikeLiverpool are free to sign a kit deal with Nike after New Balance’s appeal to remain as the club’s suppliers was rejected …

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Liverpool FC allowed to drop New Balance for Nike, court rules

Judge decides new deal was not matched by New Balance’s current offer and club can discontinue collaborationLiverpool FC does not have to continue its multimillion-pound sponsorship deal with New Balance after a judge recognised it could not match Nike…

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Mike Pence says NBA is ‘acting like a wholly owned subsidiary’ of China

US vice president rips NBA and Nike in Thursday speechPence says league failed to adequately back Rockets GMUS vice-president Mike Pence accused the National Basketball Association of “acting like a wholly owned subsidiary” of China’s ruling Communist …

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No record is safe with IAAF poised to allow arms race in shoes to run and run | Sean Ingle

Ruling body’s technological committee meets on Monday and is likely to wave through Nike footwear worn to shatter marathon-distance recordsIt is the shoes, stupid. Anyone who says otherwise is deluded.Without those chunky, super-fast prototype Nike alp…

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Bullish Mo Farah hits out at media ‘agenda’ – video

Speaking at a press conference prior to the Chicago Marathon, four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah distanced himself from his former trainer Alberto Salazar and accused the media of having an agenda against him. Farah said: ‘There’s a clear agenda …

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How the NBA’s rift with China laid bare the cost of free speech

The world’s premier basketball league has spent decades cultivating the multibillion-dollar Chinese market, but the fallout from a single tweet has threatened to upset it all For Lisa Delpy Neirotti, the surest sign of the National Basketball Associati…

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How the NBA’s rift with China laid bare the cost of free speech

The world’s premier basketball league has spent decades cultivating the multibillion-dollar Chinese market, but the fallout from a single tweet has threatened to upset it all For Lisa Delpy Neirotti, the surest sign of the National Basketball Associati…

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Charismatic, irritating Nike will take Oregon Project closure in its stride | Richard Williams

Any controversy enhances the mega-brand that has become synonymous with challenging accepted codes of behaviourThe closure of Nike’s Oregon Project, barely a week after a four-year ban was slapped on its founder and director, Alberto Salazar, deprives …

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Nike Oregon Project closed down in wake of Salazar ban – video explainer

Nike’s Oregon Project has been closed down less than two weeks after head coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping violations. Salazar’s ban – which he said he will appeal – followed a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Age…

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Nike Oregon Project closed down in wake of Salazar ban – video explainer

Nike’s Oregon Project has been closed down less than two weeks after head coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping violations. Salazar’s ban – which he said he will appeal – followed a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Age…

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Nike Oregon Project shut down after Alberto Salazar’s four-year ban

Salazar controversy ‘a distraction’ for athletes, says Nike CEOCompany will help athletes find new training arrangementsNike has decided to close its Nike Oregon Project training group following the recent four-year ban of its founder and coach Alberto…