Last year the IAAF nominated Olympic, World and European Champion Robert Harting for the IAAF Athlete of the Year award. I think you all do remember that Robert Harting did not want to be nominated alongside doping offenders such as Justin Gatlin. First, we reported about Harting’s request to cancel his IAAF World Athlete nomination. we also had a exlcusive interview with Robert Harting to ask him about his reasoning for this decisison. About two days after the IAAF official Helmut Digel said he can understand Hartings’ position very well.
The IAAF then tried to change Harting’s “Anti-Gatlin-Mind” but failed. Gatlin could not understand the critique by Robert Harting and was widely upset about Robert. Now it seems that the IAAF listened to Robert Harting and reacted. According to an article by Reuter all doping offenders will neither be allowed to be nominated for the IAAF Athlete of the Year nor be able to join the IAAF Hall of Fame.
Former doping offenders have no chance of being elected to the World track and field athletes of the year. The IAAF spokesman Nick Davies confirmed the rumors in Reuters news article.
“No athlete who has ever been punished for doping offenses is more eligible in this election. This also applies to the inclusion in the Hall of Fame of the IAAF.”
Robert Harting kind of triggered the IAAF decision by canceling his own nomination for the election of the IAAF Athlete of the year award because he did not want to stand next to doping offenders such as Justin Gatlin.