The British Olympic Affiliation says it’s “dismayed” by the “ongoing authorized techniques” of prime athletes threatening to sue over sponsorship rules.
Mo Farah, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Laura Muir and Adam Gemili are amongst these listed as claimants in a authorized letter despatched to the physique.
The athletes argue an Worldwide Olympic Committee rule over particular person sponsors reduces potential earnings.
The BOA stated it’s in search of to grasp the athletes’ issues.
Athletes competing within the Olympics are presently sure by the IOC’s ‘Rule 40’, which protects the unique rights of official Video games companions however prevents athletes selling their very own sponsors.
However prime British athletes imagine it unfairly prevents them from cashing in on the most important second of their sporting careers.
The BOA stated it solely discovered of the authorized problem by means of the media and is making an attempt to grasp who it’s negotiating with – “athletes, brokers or industrial organisations”.
The affiliation stated it’s in search of a optimistic final result that “balances the will for particular person athletes to maximise their private sponsorship revenues with the necessity to protect and improve a system that has collectively offered rights for the advantage of the entire of Crew GB”.
It added that features “smaller sports activities and fewer high-profile athletes”.
The BOA stated a optimistic assembly was held with athlete representatives final week, however continued: “Regardless of these encouraging conversations, we now have been dismayed by the continued authorized techniques being performed within the background, which on no account displays the spirit of the discussions held.
“Subsequently we now have been pressured to reply totally and robustly to the authorized problem and have executed so in one of the best pursuits of the entire athletes we serve and the BOA – a not-for-profit impartial organisation that receives no taxpayer or Authorities funds.
“All monies raised by the BOA are prioritised in direction of offering athletes with one of the best assist within the efficiency setting. Within the four-year interval to Tokyo 2020 we may have taken over 700 athletes to 9 multi-sport occasions, together with youth Olympic Video games and each senior winter and summer time Video games.
“We reiterate that it’s clearly not within the curiosity of any get together to enter right into a protracted authorized dispute forward of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games.
“As such, we proceed to behave in good religion and make ourselves accessible for additional discussions with a powerful need to discover a optimistic resolution for the advantage of all athletes by means of constructive, open and clear dialogue.”