Good morning everyone, as you all know we have brought to your attention that Robert Harting does not want to be nominated for the IAAF World Athlete of the year 2014 due to the fact that doping offenders, such as Justin Gatlin, are on the list of nominees as well. Last week, we also had a exlcusive interview with Robert Harting to ask him about his reasoning for this decisison. About two days ago the IAAF official Helmut Digel said he can understand Hartings’ position very well.
The IAAF is now trying to resolve this issue and is trying to change Robert Hartings‘ “anti-Gatlin” mind. The manager of the threefold World Champion, Olympic Champion and European Champion Robert Harting has been contacted by the IAAF to change his mind.
IAAF spokesman Nick Davies:
The IAAF has asked Robert Hartings’ manager, to inform him that we would be happy to keep Robert Harting on the list of nominees for the IAAF World Athlete of the year award because he is a worthy champion.
So far, the 29-year-old Harting had not yet responded to the World Association IAAF. But he responded to the dpa (Deutsche Presse Agentur) the following:
I am ready to be/stay on the list of nominees. But only when athletes who have behaved ingloriously are removed from the list and in the future a general nomination ban would be applied to doping offenders.
The problem is that the current and valid IAAF rules cannot be used to exclude former doping offenders from the election.
The DPA has learned from insiders of the IAAF that this “loophole” should be closed soon as possible. The athletes comission is planning to submit a proposal to the IAAF council. The modified rule, to exclude athletes for the IAAF AOY election, who have been proven as doping offenders, could be used at the athlete election in year of the World Championships 2015 for the first time.
Harting had previously removed himself from the candidate list because her does not want to compete for the award against doping offenders such as Justin Gatlin. The US sprinter has been banned twice already in his career. His previously lifetime ban was reduced as a repeat offender to eight and then even to four year (2006-2010).
The IAAF believes that Hartings‘ commitment to a clean athletic sport has gathered voices from the athletics family to support his position and sees him as an “anti-Gatlin”.
Overlooking Gatlin also the IAAF vice president Sebastian Coe understands and supports Hartings‘ stance. He has “major problems” with the nomination of the 32-year-old American on the short list”, said the two-time Olympic champion according to the BBC report. “He may participate in competitions but I cannot say more to this topic. But I do not feel very pleasant”, said the 58-year-old. “I think you would be surprised if I say that I am glad.”
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