Justin Gatlin fires coach over doping allegations


British newspaper The Every day Telegraph reported on Tuesday that members of Gatlin’s staff — coach Dennis Mitchell and athletics agent Robert Wagner — supplied to “illicitly provide performance-enhancing medication” to its undercover reporters.

US sprinter Gatlin, 35, who grew to become the 100m World Champion in August, beating three-time 100m Olympic champion Usain Bolt, mentioned on Instagram that he was “shocked and stunned” by the allegations and has fired Mitchell, who gained the 1992 Olympic 100m bronze medal.

CNN has but to obtain a response from both Mitchell or Wagner, however each have denied the allegations to the Telegraph.

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Gatlin was the surprise victor at the World Athletics Championships in London in August.

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The Telegraph reported that its journalists had visited Gatlin’s Florida coaching camp posing as representatives of a movie firm desirous to make a movie about athletics and have been searching for folks to coach the star of the movie.

The paper mentioned that Mitchell and Wagner supplied to supply and administer testosterone and human progress hormone to an actor in coaching for a movie about athletics. The banned performance-enhancing medication have been to be provided by a health care provider in Austria for a payment of about $250,000, in line with the paper.

Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, wrote on Instagram: “I’m not utilizing and haven’t used PEDs [performance enhancing drugs]. I used to be shocked and stunned to study that my coach would have something to do with even the looks of those present accusations.

“I fired him as quickly as I discovered about this.

“All authorized choices are on the desk as I cannot permit others to lie about me like this. I’ve no additional feedback as it’s now a authorized matter. They may subsequent hear from my attorneys.”

Arrange by athletics’ world governing physique the IAAF, the Unbiased Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has the only real accountability for all ethics and anti-doping issues within the sport.

In a press release, the IAAF president, Coe informed CNN: “These allegations are extraordinarily critical and I do know the unbiased Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) will examine in accordance with its mandate.

“Below the IAAF Guidelines, all athlete assist personnel — brokers, coaches and so on — are sure by each the IAAF anti-doping code and IAAF integrity code of conduct. The AIU has investigative powers and the unbiased Disciplinary Tribunal has sanction powers for these present in breach of those.”

The AIU informed CNN in a press release that it might examine in cooperation with the US Anti-Doping Company (USADA) and hoped that the Every day Telegraph “will present data to help.”

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The assertion added: “Using new methodologies and designer medication has all the time been a problem for the anti-doping motion and this continues to at the present time.

“On this period, we perceive that we can’t depend on testing alone to defend the game towards doping and so the AIU is each constructing its investigations and intelligence functionality and implementing an intelligence based mostly re-testing coverage to fulfill such challenges.”


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