Aug 17, 2019

Allyson Felix: Nike changes policy for pregnant athletes

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix says female athletes will "No longer be financially penalised for having a child" after Nike changed its contracts for pregnant athletes. In a letter shared by Felix on social media, Nike says it will "Not apply any performance-related reduction" for 18 months if an athlete becomes pregnant. "On social media on Friday, Felix posted a picture of the letter from Nike executive vice president of global sports marketing John Slusher. She wrote:"Our voices have power. "Nike has joined in officially and contractually providing maternal protection to the female athletes they sponsor. This means that female athletes will no longer be financially penalised for having a child." "In a statement to Sports Illustrated, Nike said:"Female athletes and their representatives will begin receiving written confirmation reaffirming Nike's official pregnancy policy for elite athletes.

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