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NO TATOO, YOU! IAAF PUTS BAN ON HUMAN BILLBOARDS
Published May 19, 1998
The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) has passed a bylaw making it illegal for athletes to attempt to "sneak a competing sponsor's ads into track-and-field meets by getting their bodies tattooed with corporate logos," according to James Christie of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. Cecil Smith, a Canadian delegate to the IAAF and Exec Dir of the Ontario Track and Field Association, said the organization is concerned about "athletes decorating themselves with a Nike Swoosh or a Tiger logo. It's the latest craze." Smith said, however, that the new bylaw doesn't specifically cover what an athlete does with their hairstyle (James Christie, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/19).