Coe and IAAF’s be­hav­iour in­hu­mane: Gatlin’s agent

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Lon­don, UK - Ath­let­ics chief Se­bas­tian Coe and the IAAF's treat­ment of con­tro­ver­sial 100m world cham­pion Justin Gatlin is 'in­hu­mane' and 'un­sports­man­like', the ath­lete's agent told the BBC in a blis­ter­ing at­tack. Bri­tish ath­let­ics leg­end Coe - a two-time 1,500m Olympic cham­pion - had told the BBC on Sun­day that two-time drugs cheat Gatlin's vic­tory was not the 'per­fect script'.

Gatlin, 35, had been loudly booed through­out the 100m rounds and the ver­bal abuse was ratch­eted up a few notches when he won the fi­nal, deny­ing Ja­maican su­per­star Usain Bolt a 12th world ti­tle in his last in­di­vid­ual fi­nal. The 60,000 plus spec­ta­tors jeered Gatlin while chant­ing bronze medal win­ner Bolt's name as if he was the cham­pion.

How­ever, Gatlin's agent Re­naldo Ne­hemiah, a for­mer 110m hur­dles world record holder, was scathing about Coe's re­marks. "I take of­fence to, with all re­spect, Lord Coe," he told the BBC. "I don't con­done dop­ing but Justin Gatlin is not the poster child for it. He's done his time, he plays by the rules, the IAAF re­in­stated him. They said if you come back we should ac­cept that.

"So to put a nar­ra­tive out that it's just Justin Gatlin and he's the bad guy, it's re­ally not fair. It's in­hu­mane. It's un­sports­man­like."

Ne­hemiah, who won the 1984 Su­per Bowl with the San Fran­cisco 49ers, said Coe and the IAAF should be more gra­cious and ac­cept their rules al­lowed ath­letes like Gatlin to get a chance at re­deem­ing them­selves.

(AFP)

Justin Gatlin re­ceives his gold medal from IAAF Pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe dur­ing the vic­tory cer­e­mony on Sun­day

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