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Gatlin Nomination A ‘Big Problem’, Says Lord Coe

Posted by Brad Duchaine | Opinion | Monday 13 October 2014 3:13 am
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Lord Sebastian Coe, who is all set to take the IAAF Presidency, has remarked he has “big problems” with the nomination of Justin Gatlin for World Athlete of the Year.

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The 32-year-old sprinter has served two doping bans and was once coached by Trevor Graham, banned for life after eight of his athletes – including Olympic champion Marion Jones and world record holder Tim Montgomery – were banned. The sprinter is now coached by Dennis Mitchell, who was banned for two years as an athlete for taking Testosterone.

Coe, speaking at the Securing Sport conference in London, said he will stand to push for tougher doping sanctions if he is given the opportunity to shape the future of his sport.  “What would you say if I said I felt comfortable about it?” said Coe, an IAAF vice-president.

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“The only thing I would say is he is entitled to compete; but I’m not particularly comfortable about it.

“I think you’d be surprised if I said I was sanguine about it – personally I have big problems with that.”

 “The effect of anabolic steroids is certainly not transient,” said Coe. “I think sanctions have to take into consideration the extent of the effect that they can have on a career even when the athlete is clean.”

Justin Gatlin‘s agent Renaldo Nehemiah recently said, “Justin would have run these times, and faster, had his over-zealous coach Trevor Graham not tried to get him there sooner than he would’ve naturally gotten there.

“So, what Justin is doing right now, I’m not surprised by that.

“His body is rested for four years, so he wasn’t racing. And he was the talent that I always knew he was.

“It’s between the rest, and the talent that he always had, and the determination to prove everyone wrong, to prove that he was always this good.”

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