I don’t believe that Justin Gatlin should be allowed to represent the United States in the Olympics. It is a total double standard sham. As we are condemning Russia for broad scale cheating in the last Olympics, yet, now we are sending a long term, two-time convicted doper to represent the USA Track & Field team.
It’s quite funny Justin Gatlin has stated that: “I’m not the kind of guy to cheat people of their money or let the fans down … that’s not what I do”
This is a funny quote as last time I checked;
• Gatlin cheated every single athlete who ever finished behind hi. in a race from the day you started using testosterone to the day to the day he was caught for it a second time in 2006. (As the first ban was in 2001).
• Every time he made a relay team until 2006, he cheated a clean athlete out of a place.
• Every time he stood on a podium and robbed a clean athlete of that moment.
• And the fact he NEVER ONCE apologised. Not to his fellow athletes. Not to the federation.amd Not to the fans.
To run 9.77 dirty is one thing. To do so again, being supposedly clean, at an age when no other man has got close, is hard believe.
Regardless of the bans, as a previous doper, he still holds the advantage. When you take anabolic steroids or testosterone, you get more nuclei and you get bigger muscles. If you take away the steroids, you lose the muscle mass, but the nuclei remain inside the muscle fibres. This is what allows thr muscle memory to give the extra edge.
Lets now quickly look at Gatlin’s coaching history:
Gatlin was coched by Trevor Graham, now banned for life after eight of his athletes – including Olympic sprint champions Jones and world 100m record holder Time Montgomery.
Gatlin’s current coach is Dennis Mitchell, if you didn’t know… Was once banned for two years after testing positive for testosterone.
It’s hard to give Gatlin much sympathy considering his choices and the convicted dopers he has surrounded and aligned himself with.
So many ‘athletes’ are cheating to keep up to Bolt. Gatlin is a second time caught offender, just as his team mate Gay, who had his two year banned moved to one year is also a convicted doper that the USATF has no problem idolizing.
However, the United States has no problem with idolizing its previous convicted dopers. So this is nothing out of the ordinary.
As Gatlin and Gay, both offenders, as presumed to run at Rio, they aren’t alone.
Previously convicted doper LaShawn Merritt also qualified to Rio winning his third straight Trials.
His winning time of 43.97 makes him the first man in the world under 44 seconds in 2016. LaShawn Merritt is a 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the 400m and 4x400m. He was suspended for using three consecutive positive tests for the banned substances Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and pregnenolone, claiming it was caused by the male enhancement pills he had been taking. Just as Gatlin and Gay, Merritt got off easy with a 21 month ban. What a joke, ignorance to the ingredients or to the supplements you take are no excuse. Of course, nothing fishy here right?
This pattern goes all the back to how the USATF turned a blind eye and slap on the wrist to Carl Lewis. Carl Lewis won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.
Lewis was found that he tested positive three times at the 1988 Olympics Trials for minimum amounts of pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine, banned stimulants and bronchodilators.
Lewis defended himself claiming he accidentally consumed the banned substances, a claim the USATF and USADA had no problem with.
In the end of the day, USOC, the IOC and WADA has very strict guidelines on what athletes can and cannot put into their bodies. Just as the NCAA has strict guidelines for their own athletes. The list of banned substances is easily accessible and if an athletes questions a drug, supplement, creme, or medication they should contact USADA, WADA, Drug Free Sport, or the hundreds of other resources available. Its about transparency… Not playing the blame game or innocent card AFTER you get caught.