Sonia O’Sullivan: Female athletes must remember that sponsorships are a privilege

Taking time out to have a baby is athlete’s decision – not the responsibility of shoe firm

 Alysia Montaño    at the US Track & Field Championships  in Sacramento, California in 2017.  Montaño complained about the treatment of female athletes by certain shoe companies whenever the athlete decides to take time out to have a baby. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Alysia Montaño at the US Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, California in 2017. Montaño complained about the treatment of female athletes by certain shoe companies whenever the athlete decides to take time out to have a baby. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

There is a sense of privilege and entitlement that comes with being successful in any sport that hasn’t always been there, and certainly not to the extent that we often see now.

When I was still competing most elite athletes I knew went out and felt the need to earn their rewards, rather than take any of them for granted. Men and women, and including myself.

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