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Nick Symmonds’ company, Run Gum, files lawsuit against USATF, USOC

Nick Symmonds

Nicholas Symmonds wins the 800 meter event at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Two-time Olympian Nick Symmonds and his coach filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against USA Track and Field and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Symmonds and coach Sam Lapray own Run Gum, which sells caffeinated chewing gum. The suit filed Wednesday alleges the two organizations are illegally restricting sponsor advertising at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are July 1-10 at Eugene’s Hayward Field.

Symmonds said in a release that Run Gum is looking to sponsor athletes at the event but isn’t allowed because it’s not an approved sponsor.

Run Gum is seeking to have the sponsor-advertising rules overturned.

A USATF spokeswoman said the organization hasn’t yet been served with the suit and doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

A spokesman for USOC couldn’t be reached for comment.

Symmonds, the 2013 World silver medalist, was left off the U.S. team for last August’s World Championships following a dispute over a contract requiring athletes to wear Nike-branded Team USA gear at team functions.