Rivals Nike, adidas stand united against Trump's controversial immigration ban

by the web
Feb 1, 2017
Olympic gold medalist Sir Mo Farah is at risk of not being able to return to the US from his training camp in Ethiopia, simply because he was born in Somalia. AP

MAJOR sneaker brands Nike and adidas have voiced out their opposition to US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban targeting Muslims and refugees.

In a letter addressed to his employees, Nike CEO Mark Parker made it clear that the Oregon-based company does not support Trump’s executive order targeting seven Muslim-majority countries.

“Nike stands together against bigotry and any form of discrimination,” Parker wrote. “Now more than ever, let’s stand up for our values and remain open and inclusive as a brand and as a company.”

Parker mentioned the four-time British Olympic gold medalist Sir Mo Farah as an example of an individual at risk of not being able to enter the United States, simply because he was born in Somalia.

“Mo has dedicated his life to competing for his adopted country. And yet, Mo fears that he may not be allowed to return from his training camp in Ethiopia to see his wife and children in Portland.”

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A Nike athlete, Farah had earlier shared his concerns over the ban on his Facebook page.

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Adidas has also released their statement regarding the ban which prohibits travel to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries and Syrian refugees, stressing the importance of sport and acceptance of all people, regardless of race, religion and nationality.

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Adidas spokesperson Lauren Lamkin released the following statement: “Our company is built on the core belief that ‘through sport, we have the power to change lives. Sport has shown in the past and will show over and over again in the future that it can bring people together from all over the world — regardless of their nationality, gender, age, religion or sexual orientation.”

“We at Adidas are proud to bring this positive power of sport to life every day at work and we cherish the diverse, international workforce we have around the globe. Some companies have already voiced their concerns about this decision and we join them in their call for an open and diverse society and culture in the U.S. and around the globe. It goes without saying that our commitment to the U.S. market and our people in America remains unchanged despite this current political climate.”

Companies such as Under Armour and New Balance, on the other hand, have welcomed Trump and his plans to create new jobs with manufacturing initiatives that were part of his campaign promises during the elections.

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Olympic gold medalist Sir Mo Farah is at risk of not being able to return to the US from his training camp in Ethiopia, simply because he was born in Somalia. AP
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