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Pictured in athletic gear from Brooks, his sponsor, Nick Symmonds won't be competing in the World Track and Field Championships later this month in Beijing because he won't sign a contract with USA Track & Field to wear only Nike gear during the meet. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Pictured in athletic gear from Brooks, his sponsor, Nick Symmonds won't be competing in the World Track and Field Championships later this month in Beijing because he won't sign a contract with USA Track & Field to wear only Nike gear during the meet. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Runner Nick Symmonds is supposed to be on the American team at the World Track and Field Championships later this month in Beijing. He won the 800-meter race in the U.S. championship meet. But he's not going to Beijing because he won't sign a contract with USA Track & Field to wear only Nike gear during the meet. Nike sponsors USA Track & Field and Symmonds is sponsored individually by Brooks, another athletic gear maker. USA Track & Field says these contracts have been standard for years, but it respects Symmonds' decision not to compete.

Nick Symmonds joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss his choice.

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This segment aired on August 12, 2015.

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