Justin Gatlin feels still erred as a doping offenders due to Robert Harting’s announcement that he will not compete against him in the election for world athletes.
Justin Gatlin feels wrongly branded as an “eternal” doper by Robert Harting:
I’m sad to say that a lot of people out there feel that, ‘Once a doper, always a doper.’ But that makes no sense. That means you don’t believe your system is working. I don’t make any waves. I don’t say anything bad about anybody. I don’t point fingers.
Harting announced, only to compete for election to the World-athletes of the year when the 2001 and 2006 caught doping offender Gatlin will be deleted from the ten-strong list of candidates. The 32-year-old sprinter said he’s been tested often by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, World Anti-Doping Agency and IAAF, the governing body of track.
U.S. sprinter Gatlin had threatened a lifetime ban for his second doping offense in 2006. As a repeat offender, he was initially charged with eight years for his confession. The grounding was then reduced to four years (2006-2010). Now Gatlin is as good as he used to run in 2006 and back in the world rankings. World record holder Usain Bolt (9.58 seconds) has not appeared in 2014 because of a injury.
The 32-year-old Gatlin criticized that the current debate did not start already at the 2012 Olympic Games at which he won the bronze medal or at the 2013 World Championships at which he placed second and won the silver medal. Gatlin said it was for people apparentyl okay if his feet would carry him over the line.
But they do not want me to win a popularity contest. I have served my sentence and I do not point anyone with fingers. I didn’t ask to get nominated. My choice was to run and win races and be dominant for myself. My job is not to go out and lose. My job is to win. That’s what I’m supposed to do, like everyone else nominated.
Travis Tygart, head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency USADA, who caught the former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, showed understanding for Gatlin.
The rules incorporate the notion of second chances by allowing someone to return after they have served their sanction. If we don’t like this then let’s change the rules but it’s not fair to move the goal line during the game.
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