Robert Harting's protest shows effects for IAAF AOY nomination

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.

Gatlin ineligible for annual award, IAAF says

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.

Nick Davies:

"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.

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  • That's great news, good to see the IAAF do something about it

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  • Gatlin should NEVER have been allowed back. Gatlin is a doper through and through and reaping the benefits of cheating. I think the IAAF should go one step further and not allow dopers in the Olympics. I just hope he doesn't break the world record because he surely doesn't deserve it.

  • I completely agree, I think they should go the same route as Body-building or MMA and have a separate completion calendar to people who don't dope, let them compete just not against legit competitors.

  • That's great news, good to see the IAAF do something about it

    Of course! Totally agree..

    Gatlin should NEVER have been allowed back

    sign that instantly... and now he signed a big contract with nike...

  • I completely agree, I think they should go the same route as Body-building or MMA and have a separate completion calendar to people who don't dope, let them compete just not against legit competitors.

    You sure that is going to work?
    How would you do that?


    Who decides what is illegal and what not?

  • I would be overseen by WADA and the IAAF, the list of substances wouldn't change from what it is, but it would give people who want to use to get better the chance to actually be honest about it.


    Competition wise for me would be a diamond league type calender year with a big event at the end, keep it simple but would be enough to keep people interested, and to be able to get some sponsors on board e.g supplement manufacturers

  • I would be overseen by WADA and the IAAF, the list of substances wouldn't change from what it is, but it would give people who want to use to get better the chance to actually be honest about it.

    Being honest about it... are you sure this is goin to work ?
    Highly doubt that..

  • I share the concern of @ThrowerFanatic


    Not sure why would anyone then look for drug users on competitions etc.?
    Right now it is the case that the WADA etc. cannot get everyone.
    The drugs are way to enhanced.


    Doubt that it would make difference what you are suggesting

  • If it can be done in a safe and effective way for other sports, who you never really hear of anyone getting caught if when they do tests, there must be a reason for that.


    The difference is, if you give people the option you can guarantee you will get a lot of people on board, as sometimes it's not about the glory, it's about getting the furthest throw you can or run the fastest you can, but also as almost an experiment to see where you can push your body to.


    Gatlin is in the form of his life, but that is because it's still in his system, does mean he is technically still doping, yes, if he broke the world record would if be tarnished, yes, My ideas take all this out of the equation

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