Russian Olympic boss takes swipe at Gatlin, Gay
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP):
The president of the Russian Olympic Committee took a swipe at American sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay in a speech to Olympic leaders yesterday, questioning the fairness of letting them compete in Rio de Janeiro while some Russians cannot.
Alexander Zhukov made his case for Russian athletes to the sports leaders, who later upheld the decision to keep the country's track and field federation suspended.
"Do you really think it is fair to make it impossible for Yelena Isinbayeva and Sergei Shubenkov to participate in the Olympic Games which will be attended by Tyson Gay and twice disqualified for doping Justin Gatlin?" Zhukov asked. "From the perspective of Russian athletes, it is an extreme injustice and humiliation."
Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100-metre gold medallist, has twice been suspended for doping. He tested positive for excessive testosterone in 2006, his second offence, but was reinstated on July 24, 2010. He returned to capture the bronze medal at the London Games two years later, and finished second to Usain Bolt in the 100 and 200 metres at last year's World Championships in Beijing.
Gay has also tested positive for doping.
"We consider it unfair on the vast majority of our athletes who have never doped and have not violated any criteria," Zhukov told the meeting. "They will be punished for the sins of others."