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The champion sprinter Justin Gatlin has fired its coach since the publication of the report in “the Daily Telegraph”.
London — The world champion in the 100 meters, Justin Gatlin, has fired his coach, Dennis Mitchell, in the wake of the revelations of a survey according to which of the members of the entourage of the sprinter would be involved in the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
“I am surprised and shocked to learn that my coach had anything to do with these allegations, has written to Gatlin on the social networks. I fired as soon as I was made aware. “
The Unity of the integrity of the athletics (AIU) of the international Federation (IAAF) said investigate, in collaboration with the anti-doping Agency u.s. claims disclosed in the Tuesday edition of the Daily Telegraph.
“These allegations are very serious,” said Brett Clothier, the director of the IAU. They strike at the heart of the integrity of athletics. “
The president of the IAAF, Sebastian Coe, for his part, added that the allegations ” are extremely serious “.
Recorded without their knowledge
The Telegraph has reported that Mitchell and the agent of athletes Robert Wagner met with reporters during a training camp in Florida and have offered to provide and administer testosterone and human growth hormone to an actor practicing for a movie role, for a fee of US $250,000.
The Telegraph has reported that the two men have been saved without their knowledge by their reporters. They admit on the record that the use of banned substances is widespread in athletics.
Wagner described this report as ” seriously wrong “, adding that it was based on falsehoods he has said.
“I invented these comments to impress them, to make them believe in this scenario, said Wagner in a statement sent to the Associated Press. It was just a load of nonsense. I’ve not actually provided these products requested by the journalists, but they have stupidly argued that I could. “
Wagner also said that they had spoken of the situation to the IAU, there are four weeks of this.
Two penalties in the course of his career
35-year-old Gatlin, winner of the 100 metres at the Games of Athens in 2004, has served two doping during his career.
“I don’t use and didn’t use doping products, he added on the social networks. I will rate all the legal remedies possible, because I will not let people lie to my so. I have no other comments to make, since it is now a legal matter. They will soon hear from my lawyers. “
Coe recalled that the IAAF has started to take an interest in the influence of the athletes ‘ entourage, saying that all these people are subject to the same codes of anti-doping and integrity.