Nike Decides to Allow Swimmers To Wear Speedo Suit in Beijing
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Nike will allow its swimmers to wear Speedo's sleek LZR Racer instead of its own suit at the Beijing Olympics.
Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said yesterday the company felt it was fair to extend the offer it made in June allowing its swimmers to wear Speedo's suit at the U.S. Olympic trials.
"It is about putting their performance and their focus first," Stoyer said. "This is what they have trained for. It is the biggest moment of their lives."
Four swimmers who signed with Nike, which has some of the industry's tightest controls on athlete contract agreements, are heading to the Olympics.
Speedo's sleek LZR Racer has caused major waves this year. Since its launch in February, swimmers have broken dozens of world records and athletes not sponsored by Speedo have clamored to wear it.
It also caused some backlash. One Italian coach accused Speedo of technological doping. And Tyr Sport Inc. sued Speedo in May, alleging in its lawsuit that the company conspired with the U.S. swimming federation to stifle competition and lure top athletes away from other sponsors.
· BASKETBALL: Yao Ming was held to 14 points and the rest of China's team was overwhelmed by dogged Australia defense in a 67-55 loss in a pre-Olympic warmup.
Guard Liu Wei, who worked well with Yao in Tuesday's 83-74 win over Angola, was sent to the hospital after crashing into a screen set by Australia center Chris Anstey. Liu's condition wasn't immediately known.
· CYCLING: Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans withdrew from the Games road time trial today because of a knee injury.
Evans said he will undergo treatment this week before deciding whether he will travel to Beijing to contest the road race. He will be replaced in the time trial by three-time world champion Michael Rogers.