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              Because of a scheduling conflict with two Australian
         meets run by Nike, top U.S. sprinters "are going to be on
         the other side of the globe" when the U.S. National Indoor
         Track and Field Championships are held next week in Atlanta,
         according to Ben Weber of the N.Y. POST.  Nike will feature
         their athletes, in a series of Australian meets to "preview"
         the 2000 Games, around the same time of the U.S. Nationals. 
         Nike's Jim Small said the scheduling "isn't the greatest,"
         while USATF Dir Craig Masbeck said that the  conflict "stems
         from a lack of communication" between USATF and Nike. 
         Masbeck: "I'm sure it wasn't intentional and it will never
         happen again."  Weber: "There needs to be a single governing
         body over track in this country with the power to make sure
         things like this never happen. ... USATF has to find a way
         to work with corporate America" (N.Y. POST, 2/23).

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