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Nike will not provide cleats to the Iranian soccer team ahead of and during this month’s World Cup because of economic sanctions against the Islamic Nike Air Max 97 Womens Republic.The move follows the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the international Nike Free 5.0 Femme nuclear deal made in 2015, though the sanctions that prevent the sportswear giant from working with the Iranian team have existed through multiple administrations, Nike said in a statement.“U.S. sanctions mean that, as a U.S. company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian National team at this time,” the company said. Adidas ZX Flux Donne “Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law.”Some teams allow players to select their own cleats, including which brand, for competition. Some players, for example, may have sponsorship with Nike. Those Nike Roshe Run Femme deals, the company said, will not be affected. Other teams are sponsored by a particular brand — the main players in the international soccer scene are Nike, Adidas  and Puma — and require players to wear a certain shoe.Adidas, a Germany-headquartered company, Nike Air Max 270 Mujer provides Iran’s uniforms, but told CNBC it was not sponsoring the team, merely selling the kit at a steep discount.

Iranian players are free to purchase and wear Nike cleats during the tournament.Still the sanctions have provoked the anger of international development groups critical of both the Trump Administration’s stance toward Nike Air Max Thea Womens the Islamic Republic and Nike’s choice to abide by the sanctions, a violation of which could result in civil and criminal penalties.“We are disappointed that Nike has boycotted Iran’s World Cup players by refusing to provide shoes to the Iranian Nike Free Run 2.0 Womens national team,” Jamal Abdi, the vice president for policy of the National Iranian American Council, a nonprofit focused on Iranian-American relations, said in a Nike Roshe Run Mujer statement. “We call on the U.S. Government to take immediate steps to address this shameful situation Nike Air Max 95 Womens and that Nike actively seek a resolution. FIFA should also take necessary steps to address this issue and ensure that none of the teams in the World Cup are subject to double standards.“Governments that drag politics into international sporting events, including Iran Nike Air Max 1 Womens itself when it boycotts matches with Israel, face well-deserved Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Womens admonishment. This situation is unfortunately no different. Events like the World Cup and the Olympics are meant to rise above disputes between nations and serve as an example of what unites us.”

The Iranian national team has not commented publicly on the  sanctions. Iran is set to face Morocco in the first round of the World Cup on Saturday in St.Petersburg.Lululemon Athletica  saw its shares surge to a record high on Friday after its fiscal first-quarter results blew past expectations. But the positive Nike Air Max 95 Femme case for the Vancouver company isn’t just about its ability to fend off growing competition seeking to capitalize on the still-hot athleisure trend.The company, which has built a loyal following from its origin as a yoga-inspired athletic apparel clothing label for Nike Air Max 90 Womens women with a grass-roots marketing pitch, reported a 25% jump in quarterly Nike Internationalist Mujer sales, to $649.7 million. Comparable sales rose 20%, including an 8% increase at its 400-plus physical stores as well as a 62% jump in online sales, a scorecard that definitely put it as a leader in the apparel space.By comparison, Gap’s acquired Nike Air Max 1 Donne Athleta unit, which CEO Art Peck recently described as a “gem” in the Gap GPS -2.13% portfolio and which is often cited as the most direct competitor to Lululemon, recently saw sales growth in the “double digits.”Related on Forbes: Retailers Are Still Betting On Athleisure

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