Agent of Justin Gatlin Renaldo Nehemiah has called the criticism of IAAF president Lord Coe as ‘inhumane’.
Justin Gatlin, 35, who won the 100m final at the World Athletics Championship at London with a time of 9.92s was twice banned for doping and received boos from the crowd as the medal presentation was presented on Sunday.
He also added that the American’s victory was “not the perfect script” indicating that he was not eulogistic that someone who has served two bans has walked off with one of our glittering prizes”.
This has sparked the agent of the American, Renaldo Nehemiah who is a former world record holder in the 110m hurdles, to label the president’s call as ‘inhumane’.
He said; “I take offence to, with all respect, Lord Coe”.
“Lord Coe’s a part of the IAAF who set the rules, who set out the punishments, and when you serve the punishment you are supposed to be reinstated, which these athletes who have offended and abused some of these rules have, and if you don’t want them in you should change the rules”, he continued.
“You don’t allow them in and then still condemn them. I don’t condone doping but Justin Gatlin is not the poster child for it”, he lamented.
“He’s done his time, he plays by the rules, the IAAF reinstated him. They said if you come back we should accept that”, the agent of Gatlin indicated.
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”, he said.
“He won the bronze medal here in 2012 [Olympics] and no-one said a word. No-one said a word in 2013, 2014 or even in 2015. It was only when he started to challenge Bolt it became an issue”, he concluded.
When asked about Usain Bolt on Justin Gatlin, Nehemiah said; “Bolt has no problem” with Gatlin”.
“If it’s good for Bolt it should be good enough for everyone else. If the king, the legend is OK with it we should all be OK with it”, he added.