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theweek / Tuesday December 19, 2017
Justin Gatlin: world champion’s team involved in new doping scandal
World 100m champion Justin Gatlin is at the centre of fresh controversy after undercover reporters claimed that members of his team “offered to illicitly supply performance-enhancing drugs”. The American sprinter has received two bans during his career for doping, but returned in 2010, claiming that he was clean. The 35-year-old went on to beat Usain Bolt to win gold in the 100m at his summer’s World Championships in London. But following the claims by The Daily Telegraph, Gatlin is now being investigated by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which was set up earlier this year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The Telegraph says it began its undercover investigation in July “after being told that specific agents and trainers were involved in administering and supplying drugs to athletes and that the regulators had failed to take action”. Undercover reporters from the newspaper visited Gatlin’s training camp in Florida, posing as representatives of a production company who were making an athletics film and requesting help in training their actor to resemble a top-class sprinter. According to the reporters, Gatlin’s coach, Dennis Mitchell, who...Read More
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