Human Rights Watch laments “human rights abuses” in Semenya case – Sport

The track and field athlete Caster Semenya has grown quiet, at least in her career on the tartan track. In February, the South African set a national record, albeit over the rarely run 300 meters in 36.78 seconds. Then came the pandemic. From then on, Semenya contented herself with uploading pictures from previous years in the social networks, on which she bounced away from the world’s best on the middle distance, over 800 and 1500 meters. “Social distancing at its best”, she wrote under the photos: Look, this is how keeping your distance is possible!

Semenya did not generate a larger volume of news until autumn. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court confirmed a controversial paragraph that the World Athletics Federation had heaved into its regulations in 2018. Runners like Semenya, born with so-called Differences of Sex Developments (DSD), are only allowed to start in international races between the 400 meters and a mile if they force their naturally elevated testosterone level below a limit, for example with medication. Semenya took legal action against it, before the International Sports Court Cas in Lausanne, then before the Swiss Federal Court, without success. Most recently, she announced that she would go to the European Court of Human Rights. The 29-year-old does not accept that: as a healthy person in sport, she is only considered a woman when she swallows pills.

She is no longer alone in this. The human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticizes in a new report that the SZ has received, the corresponding testosterone paragraphs as a “human rights violation”. The athletics umbrella organization World Athletics (WA), so a central demand, must immediately shut down the controversial rule. As long as this does not happen, governments should freeze their funding flows to all participating world and national associations.

Semenya is a woman, but has a set of chromosomes that develop male characteristics

The debate about DSD athletes like Semenya has preoccupied the sport for over a decade, it’s like a marathon without a finish line; which is also due to the fact that the debate inevitably produces a loser, however you twist and turn it. Semenya had surprisingly rushed to World Cup gold over 800 meters in Berlin in 2009, within a year she had trimmed her best time by 15 seconds, to 1: 55.45 minutes. And Pierre Weiss, then Secretary General of the World Federation, did not exactly help to stifle the whisper: “She is a woman,” he said after Semenya’s World Cup success, “but maybe not 100 percent.”

Today we know that Semenya was socialized as a woman, but has a set of chromosomes that develop male characteristics: 46 XY is the disposition. Nature does not divide as sharply as sport with its binary categories: schoolchildren, young people. Men women.

The world association was overwhelmed by this for a long time. In 2011 he installed the first paragraph for DSD athletes: Either they lower their testosterone levels or they are not allowed to start in international races. Semenya chose the former path, and her performance soon plummeted. She later said she “felt like a guinea pig”, being fed medication on behalf of the officials. In 2015, the CAS suspended the paragraph because the scientific evidence was insufficient for it. Soon Semenya ran into everything again. In 2018, the world association published a study that seemed to confirm what many suspected: DSD athletes are up to 4.5 percent more productive than women with normal values ​​thanks to their testosterone levels. A big difference – if it’s true. So: swallow medication again, otherwise no right to start.

The CAS classified the new rule as “discriminatory” last year; he was also very concerned that healthy athletes should now swallow medication again. On the other hand, he considered discrimination a “necessary, appropriate means”. The rights of women who have no chance against runners with DSD predisposition weigh more heavily.

The World Athletics Federation rejects the allegations on SZ request

It is also this fact that violates “fundamental rights of dignity and privacy”, as the HRW report now argues. Last year the authors of the report interviewed 13 female athletes from the “global southern hemisphere”, as well as trainers, lawyers, ethicists, doctors and reporters. Their conclusion: athletics, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), would nourish a biotope with their regulations, “which forces women to undergo invasive and unnecessary medical interventions in order to take part in competitions”. The World Athletics Federation rejects this in response to a request from SZ: The report was not written by independent experts, WA said, with no possibility for the association to express its view of things. One remains “committed to fairness for women in sport” and denies that “biological limit values ​​are based on racial or gender stereotypes”.

An example from the new report is a long-distance runner anonymized as “DB”. Doping testers found an elevated testosterone level in one of their urine samples, at least the suspected “DB”. In any case, a functionary of her national association invited her to a hospital in March 2014 without saying why; that’s how the athlete tells it. The doctors arranged for an ultrasound and blood tests, but they never found out the results. The functionary only said later that the world federation had become aware of her and that she had two options: medication or an operation. Not more.

From then on she was “more and more monitored”, the functionary kept calling and urging an operation. But “DB” had long been skeptical. Her trainer also advised against the operation. She then “just kept still”, continued racing, and also gave blood and urine samples for doping tests. A year ago, the CAS had just confirmed the new testosterone paragraph, she received a letter from the world association: Your international results were retroactively canceled.

The HRW report illustrates further shocking examples

Annett Ngesa, a middle-distance runner from Uganda, was hit far worse, as an ARD documentary described in 2019. Her testosterone levels were also noticed at some point, and she too had been pressured into examinations, she said, carried out in a hospital in Nice, whose doctors cooperate closely with the WA and other associations on DSD issues. She also received no results, only the advice to visit a doctor in Uganda’s capital Kampala. There the doctor assured him that he would perform “a simple operation”, “like an injection”. When Ngesa woke up later, she was amazed at cuts in the abdomen. Only later did she find out that the doctor had performed an orchiectomy – a removal of the sex organs.

The HRW Report illustrates further, often shocking examples: An athlete was examined in the intimate area without warning, which could constitute the “offense of sexual violence”. As soon as athletes found out about their elevated testosterone levels, they would often be informed in bits, if at all. Many are faced with a “choice that isn’t a choice”: either medication or surgery, or their careers are over. What did their predisposition have to do with it? Side effects? That they could of course continue to do sports, just not at international races? That often goes under.

The World Athletics Federation always emphasizes that you don’t force anyone to undergo an operation – but it still sees the procedure as an option. Otherwise, criticizes the HRW report, the WA has a responsibility: “Anyone can raise doubts at the medical department of the world association”, is criticized, in other words: Anyone can blacken athletes. According to a central criticism of the report, this “exposes all female athletes to constant and arbitrary surveillance”.

And of course, according to the authors, the regulations also tear deep furrows in the lives of athletes. Test results would often leak to the media; also the offer of the world association to set up a third starting class or to let DSD women start with the men would inevitably bring the athletes into the public eye. The associated social stigma is enormous, especially in patriarchal societies, from which many of the athletes concerned come. Anett Ngesa, for example: After her unwanted operation, she first lost her shape, then her university scholarship, and finally the recognition of her home community. When the pressure became too great, she fled to Germany, and in 2019 the Federal Republic of Germany granted her asylum. Other respondents in the HRW Report report that their caregivers recommended wearing makeup or stuffed bras “to look more like women”. Some had been advised to have “cosmetic genital operations”.

Of all the bad solutions, the best has to be found

Officials like Stéphane Bermon, who has headed the world association’s health and science department since 2018, would additionally poison the debate, according to the report. Bermon had only said last year: He does not understand “that these athletes resist treatment that strengthens their feminine identity”.

It was also Bermon who largely designed the latest study by the world association on which the new testosterone regulation is based. The study has long been criticized: up to a third of the values ​​are wrong, scientists criticized; some data were counted twice, others could not be assigned to any athlete. Other experts criticize that testosterone alone cannot establish the great advantage that DSD athletes undoubtedly enjoy. The courts that were dealing with the case, of course, saw it differently so far. The world association also refers to this: It considers its paragraphs to be “objective” and scientifically sound, the regulations thus serve “to maintain fair and meaningful competition in the female category”.

This in turn touches on the core problem that the HRW report also circumvents: that athletics competition without limit values ​​for DSD athletes, as required by the human rights organization, again subjects the competition to a huge imbalance. This dilemma is illustrated by the 800-meter women’s final of the past summer games. In 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Semenya stormed everyone off, behind her, safe from the rest of the field, two other suspected DSD athletes ran for silver and bronze, Francine Nyonsaba (Burundi) and Margaret Wambui (Kenya).

On the other hand: It can hardly remain as stubborn and insensitive as sport is currently moderating this topic. Alternatives? Probably the one that among all bad solutions the best one has to be found, with clearer criteria such as how DSD athletes should be advised. What the HRW report has undoubtedly shown: that this process can no longer be carried out over the heads – or even the rights – of those affected.

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Jordi Llopart, the first Olympic medalist in Spanish athletics, died in 1980

Jordi Llopart, first Olympic medalist in Spanish athletics (silver in 50 km march in Moscow’80), died yesterday at the age of 68 yesterday at the Germans Trias i Pujol hospital in Badalona where he had been in a deep coma pending the transplant service since Tuesday “, as confirmed by his family.

Jordi Llopart, a pioneer of the Spanish march together with Josep Marín, was born on May 5, 1952 in El Prat de Llobregat (Baix Llobregat). It competed in three editions of the Olympic Games: Moscow’80, Los Angeles’84 and Seoul’88. At the 1980 Moscow event he won silver in the 50 km march. It was the first time a Spanish athlete had climbed the podium in an Olympic event. In Los Angeles’84 he was seventh, and in Seoul’88, thirteenth. He also took part in three World Championships, always in the 50 km march. He was in Helsinki’83, Rome’87 and Tokyo’91, and took part in four European Championships, between 1978 and 1990, and won gold on September 2, 1978 in Prague -first gold medal of a Spanish athlete-, the sixth place in Athens’82 and the ninth in those of Stuttgart’86. In addition, it disputed thirteen World-wide Cups (1973-1991).

Jordi Llopart withdrew from the competition after the fourth position in the Spanish Marching Championship, in March 1992 in Badalona, ​​with which he was left out of the Olympic team for Barcelona’92. He then began his career as a coach, in which he had as disciples Dani Plaza -Olympic champion in Barcelona’92-, Basilio Labrador, Jesús Ángel García Bragado-1993 world champion and runner-up in 1997 and 2001-, Teresa Linares, the Spanish nationalized Polish Beata Betlej and several Japanese marchers.

The curse of the 80’s podium

The death of Jordi Llopar has completed the curse of the 50 km podium in Moscow 80: forty years later, none of the three who stepped on him survives.

East German Hartwig Gauder, Llopart and the Soviet Yevgeny Ivchenko – gold, silver and bronze – have died at a relatively young age, under the age of 70. Gauder and Llopart, who were also European champions (1986 and 1976, respectively) in the same discipline (the German, also world champion), have died just seven months apart and for the same official cause, a heart attack.

The Germanic’s life ended last April 22 in Ertfur, when he was 65 years old. Llopart was born in El Prat de Llobregat (in 1952, he survived for just over half a year). His death occurred at the age of 68. Of the three Moscow medalists in 1980, Ivchenko was the first to lose his life and the one who did so at an earlier age, on June 2, 1999, at the age of 60.

In Moscow, Gauder crossed the finish line with a time of 3:49:24 -Olympic record- followed by Llopart, who with a time of 3:51:25 won the first Olympic medal in Spanish athletics. With them climbed the podium Yevgeny Ivchenko, who proved a record of 3:56:32. Josep Marín, who had been fifth in 20 km six days earlier, finished sixth.

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Athletics – ex-world champion blocked – sport

Former 1500 meter world champion Elijah Motonei Manangoi from Kenya will miss the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year for violating anti-doping rules. As announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the 30-year-old runner was retroactively banned from December 22, 2019 for two years until December 21, 2021. The independent commission responsible for doping violations in athletics penalized the fact that Manangoi was not found three times during doping controls. According to the commission, the middle stretcher accepted the ban and waived an appeal. Elijah Motonei Manangoi had won the 1500 meter title at the World Championships in London in 2017 after taking silver two years earlier in Beijing. At the last World Cup in Doha in 2019, he canceled shortly before the competitions. The AIU was founded in 2017 by the World Athletics Federation to intensify the anti-doping fight in the sport as an independent body.

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Robert Lewandowski received a Ballon d’Or … in Lego

LE SCAN SPORT – The 2020 Golden Ball will not be awarded this year but the Bayern Munich striker will console himself with this gift made by one of his fans.

The organizers of the Ballon d’Or announced last July that the famous distinction rewarding the best footballer of the year would not be awarded this year given the upheaval of competitions by the Covid-19. This news has ruined the hopes of Robert Lewandowski to succeed Lionel Messi, the Polish striker of Bayern Munich presenting himself as the big favorite with the coronation in the Champions League, the Bundesliga title and his avalanche of goals scored in recent months ( 59 goals in 53 matches).

“We won everything we could win with Bayern. I’ve been the top scorer in all the competitions we’ve been to, the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League. I think a player who has accomplished this would win the Golden Ball, ”said the scorer disappointed, reacting to the cancellation of the discount for 2020.

Lewandowski accepts the trophy with humor

In the absence of gold, Lewandowski will be satisfied with plastic. One of his fans made him a superb trophy, a replica of the Ballon d’Or, but in Lego. A handsome player, the attacker posed with the reward alongside the one to whom we owe “the work”. “Thank you @quebahombre for this magnificent trophy that you have made for me”, joked the international well on the way to be, once again, one of the big favorites of the Ballon d’Or 2021. With 13 goals scored in 11 matches since the start of the season, the six-time winner of the Bundesliga has started at the same infernal pace as last season.

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Pride Italy: 2024 European Athletics Championships in Rome

The Council of the continental federation decided: 14 votes to 2, the Polish Katowice beaten. After Turin 1934 and Rome 1974 third time in Italy

After Turin 1934 and Rome 1974, here is Rome 2024: the Eternal City will host the twenty-sixth European Athletics Championships. This was established by the sixteen members of the Council of the continental federation, virtually meeting by teleconference, preferring the Italian capital to the Polish Katowice. For the tricolor movement, the success is overwhelming (14-2) and not insignificant: it will bring back to the country a global review of the discipline 37 years after the 1987 World Cup in Rome.

Too many points in favor of the candidacy presented by FIDAL, together with Sport and Health and local authorities, for the tip of the balance not to hang on the Italian side. An example for everyone: among the competition sites, there will be the weight at the foot of the Colosseum, the march on a circuit near the Arch of Constantine and the half marathons with start and finish overlooking St. Peter’s Square: nothing, as to charm, it could hold its own. In addition, the proposal rests on solid economic bases (with about 50% of the 31 million euro budget already divided between the Government, the Region and the Municipality) and has the appeal of a city and a stadium, the Olimpico, with the Marbles which heating system, unique.

Having said that, the work of the organizing committee will not be easy. Because the world moment is what it is because the review will happen immediately after the Paris Olympics and therefore will risk losing a little specific weight. But don’t tell them to the Azzurri: a generation – that of Tortu, Scotti, Crippa, Fabbri and Iapichino – is maturing and by then it will be the protagonist.

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Where is the border between the healthy and the unhealthy in sport?

Wednesday, 4 November 2020 – 14:02

Ultradistance, on the rise, can cause temporary damage to the brain and nervous system and even chronic damage to the heart

Castanyer, in red, during an ultra-distance test on Mont Blanc.
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«In my beginnings, all my relatives accompanied me to an Ultra Trail of Mont Blanc and, among them, my sister-in-law, who is a doctor. After the 100-kilometer race, they gave me an anti-doping control, she reviewed the results of the analysis and told me that I had the white blood cell level of a person with a serious hematological disease, of a person with leukemia. I got goose bumps. I am passionate about ultradistance, it is where I feel the most things, but I am aware that

it’s insane. The tute for the body at an organic level, not only at the muscular level, is exaggerated, “he acknowledges.

Tòfol Castanyer

and nobody better than him to open the debate. Castanyer, 48, was a mountain runner before trail running, the roommate of a

Kilian Jornet

He was a teenager, he was champion of the World Cup in 2010 among other successes and now through experience he observes the boom of long distances with concern: «Before running 100 kilometers was already a lot, now if you don’t do 170 kilometers you are nobody. He has lost respect for distance and that is not good. In the last decade, fans who challenge routes far beyond the marathon, who travel hundreds of kilometers by bicycle or who complete the audacity of an Ironman have multiplied and their fervor has forced doctors and researchers to address a question: Where is it? the border between the healthy and the unhealthy?

“The nervous system and the brain slow down”

The limit will always depend on the physical state of each one, but curiously all the experts questioned answered that, although the athlete is in top shape, even if he is very prepared for the effort, there is a moment when yes or yes he begins to punish himself: when he overcomes the 10 or 12 hours of continuous effort, that is, more or less when night falls. «From that moment on the body begins to collapse. Although hydration and nutrition have been perfect throughout the race, the nervous system and brain slow down, there is a significant drop in the immune system … And that continues for days. For example, after a test of this type, it is normal for the athlete to drop things from their hands or catch a good cold, “he explains.

Pedro Luis Valenzuela

, a researcher at the Department of Systems Biology at the University of Alcalá (UAH), who a few years ago carried out an interesting study in this regard. The amateur cyclist

Keco Matey

He had proposed to travel more than 500 kilometers around Azuqueca for a charitable cause and he decided to accompany him in the pre, during and post to analyze the effects of the beating. “I had scheduled the last test 72 hours after the challenge because I believed that the improvement would be considerable, but the nervous system, for example, was still very fatigued. It was pending for me to study how he recovered a week or a month later to know if the effects are more lasting than we think, “says Valenzuela and names the great fear of lovers of ultra-distance every time he asks whether what they do is harmful: atrial fibrillation. For years, studies and more studies conclude and contradict themselves on whether prolonged sport can damage the heart and, although the controversy is constant, there is evidence that everyone admits: it increases the risk of an arrhythmia called that, atrial fibrillation. Ultra runners, long-distance cyclists or Ironmans triathletes can suffer from excessive growth of the atria – especially the left atrium – and this can make the heart pump go crazy with the consequent danger.

“Body protectors are enough”

“There are cases, but we are talking about athletes with many years of very intense exercise behind them. The incidence is low. A single ultramarathon or a similar effort fatigue the heart, can cause edema, but then it recovers. In most cases, the body’s protective mechanisms, such as fatigue or overtraining, are sufficient to avoid these extreme risks, “he explains.

Alexander Lucia

, professor at the European University of Madrid (UEM), who together with other researchers such as doctor

Araceli Boraita

, head of the Cardiology Service of the Spanish Agency for Health Protection in Sport (AEPSAD), have analyzed this ailment through data from thousands of athletes. For them, atrial fibrillation is a control threat in professional endurance athletes, but only a few amateurs are exposed. “It is true that there is a boom in ultra-distance and that there may be those who are exercising more, but there are still millions of people who exercise less. For me, that’s the real danger. All in all, the benefits of the exercise will always be well above its losses, “concludes Lucía, thus solving the question opened by Castanyer. According to experts, the border between healthy and unhealthy exists. After 10 or 12 hours of continuous exercise, temporary damage to the brain and nervous system occurs and even the heart can be affected forever. But very few make it there.

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Kenyan Police are looking for Kipruto, world and Olympic champion, accused of abusing a minor

Monday, 2 November 2020 – 13:31

“The girl’s parents filed a complaint at the Mosoriot police station, complaining that Kipruto dishonored their daughter,” said Chief of Police Bosita Omukolongolo.

Conseslus Kipruto, and Roma en 2016.
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The Kenyan Police have launched an operation to search for Kipruto Council, world and Olympic champion of the 3,000 meter hurdles, who fled after being accused of abusing a minor, local media reported on Monday.

The teenager’s family reported her missing last week, but she returned home after three days missing.

At first, the girl refused to reveal where she had been, but after checking her phone, her parents found that she was in communication with Kipruto, 25.

The minor herself ended up confessing that she had stayed at the home of the well-known athlete in Chesumei, in Nandi County (western Kenya).

The parents claim that the athlete abused their daughter, whom they have taken to a hospital for tests, and have filed a complaint at the police station in the city of Mosoriot, in Nandi.

“The girl’s parents filed a complaint at the Mosoriot police station, complaining that Kipruto dishonored their daughter. We cannot immediately confirm whether the girl is a minor or an adult. However, we are looking for the athlete, whose whereabouts are unknown, “said the chief of police Bosita Omukolongolo to channel K24.

“When the suspect is arrested, we will record his statement and conclude the investigations into the allegations,” Omukolongolo added.

Kipruto, one of the great stars of athletics in Kenya, won the gold medal of the 3,000 meter hurdles in the World Championships in London (2017) and Doha (2019), as well as in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016).

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Athletics: Body of British mountain runner Chris Smith, missing since Tuesday, found

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Chris Coleman: “Completely careless, even reckless” – sport

The most important competition in the career of the athlete Christian Coleman will soon not take place in the arenas of his sport: Neither at the US championships, which will take place next June in the brand new Hayward Field in Oregon with its translucent wooden roofs and a nine-story tower, the reminiscent of an Olympic torch. Not even in the refurbished Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, where the Olympic final over 100 meters is scheduled a month later. Coleman’s most important competition has been running since Wednesday, in a light gray, two-story low-rise building in Westlake Village, northwest of Los Angeles, nestled between five-star hotels, a golf course and a freeway.

Coleman’s attorney Howard L. Jacobs has his office there. The motto on his homepage can be roughly translated as follows: “If your career is at stake, we’ll keep you in the game”. In fact, Jacobs has made a name for himself by beating professional athletes out of precarious cases. “If you have a doping problem,” wrote a reporter a year ago, the lawyer is like an exterminator from the Ghostbusters film series: “Who do you call for help? Howard Jacobs!”

Coleman will need the arts of his legal exorcist badly. The disciplinary tribunal of the World Athletics Federation issued a judgment against the 24-year-old on Tuesday evening, which quite a few had expected, but which nevertheless sent shock waves through the scene. Coleman is banned for two years because he was repeatedly unable to be found by doping investigators. This is just as severely sanctioned as a positive finding. Should the verdict hold, Coleman would miss the 2021 games in Tokyo (but not the world championships on the new Hayward Field postponed to 2022).

Coleman is not just anyone: He became the world champion over 100 meters in a splendid 9.76 seconds in 2019, he is the indoor world record holder over the 60 meters, the new main actor in the sprint, who has always attracted the most light because all the narcissists there , Loudspeakers and fun sprinters like Usain Bolt collided. For now, Coleman is in a far darker row: of sanctioned sprinters, who are also in large numbers at the top of the leaderboards. Even if Coleman’s lawyer immediately announced that he would take action against the lock, in front of the International Sports Court Cas.

The chances are not exactly rosy, at least at first glance: Coleman’s case has a history that has now also been his undoing. It has been known since August 2019 that Coleman, roughly speaking, had not been available for doping tests three times within twelve months, between June 2018 and April 2019. There is a one-year ban, at least.

The American anti-doping authority (Usada) only overlooked the fact that they should have backdated Coleman’s first test – the sprinter had not updated his whereabouts, where he must be available for the testers, in the reporting system. This is treated a little differently than a test in which you miss the investigators on site. In any case, the test fell out of the one-year window, the Usada meekly withdrew its procedure, Coleman became world champion in October 2019. And Jacobs, his attorney, who recognized the Usada’s flaw, boasted: Another athlete he had rescued from the clutches of a dubious system. Or is it not?

Even then, suspicion weighed heavily on Coleman. Missing three tests is a gross neglect, one way or another. That is a cornerstone of anti-doping efforts: that the athletes must be constantly available for controls without prior notice. Coleman didn’t think his behavior was bad at all: he is on the road a lot, so he doesn’t always think about filling the reporting system. He, who has a six-digit contract with his sponsor Nike and who has prominent sports lawyers. Michael Johnson, the four-time Olympic athletics champion from the USA, said in Doha: “Clearly, the USA should never have opened this procedure. But the way Coleman presented himself as a victim before the World Cup,” he disqualifies himself as a new one Face of his sport “.

The fastest 100-meter sprinters in history

9,58 Sekunden Usain Bolt (Jamaika)

9.69 Tyson Gay (USA) *

9,69 Yohan Blake (Jamaika) *

9.72 Asafa Powell (Jamaica) *

9,74 Justin Gatlin (USA) *

9,76 Christian Coleman (USA) **

9.78 Nesta Carter (Jamaica) *

9,79 Maurice Greene (USA) ***

9,80 Steve Mullings (Jamaika) *

9,82 Richard Thompson (Trinidad & Tobago)

* Banned for doping at least once

** Blocked due to violations of the reporting obligation

*** Associated with doping but not convicted or convicted

Coleman only sees a bad plot

In fact, after the World Cup, Coleman was still in a spicy position: he still had two missed tests on the books; a third by January 2020, and it would definitely slide into suspension. But instead of exercising caution, he did the opposite. At least that’s what the judgment that the Integrity Chamber of the World Association has now written: Coleman had specified a time window on December 9, 2019, in which the testers could reach him, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Instead of waiting in his Kentucky house, he went shopping in the neighboring mall.

According to his receipts, he bought a snack at 7:53 p.m. and at 8:22 p.m. had 16 Christmas errands in a supermarket. Two doping testers said they had knocked several times on Coleman’s house between 7.15 and 8.15 p.m. – but no one answered that the house was completely blacked out. They left at 8:21 p.m., and one of the testers proved this with photographic evidence.

It was all a nasty plot, Coleman angry with the investigators: he bought the snack mentioned at 7:53 p.m., drove home briefly, watched the beginning of a football match on TV and then drove back to the shopping center. He did not see any testers in front of his house. The investigators found this absurd: “It would have been simply impossible for Coleman,” they wrote, “to buy a snack at 7:53 pm, drive home, park the car, go inside, eat the snack to watch the football match that didn’t start until 8:15 p.m., then drive back to the store, which is a five to nine minute drive from his house, and go shopping for 16 things he paid for at 8:22 p.m. . “

And Coleman? Instead of admitting the mistake, the investigators complained, he had assumed that the testers had absolutely wanted to subjugate him to another offense. Coleman had recently even made this allegation publicly, he had complained, among other things, that the waiting testers had not called him – but that is exactly what the protocol does not provide, the athlete would then be warned before the test. Raphael Roux, who coordinates the doping tests at the World Federation’s Integrity Commission, testified to the investigators that he had even explicitly asked the testers in December 2019 not to call Coleman: the athlete had often performed particularly well in the past when it came to missed tests . Roux also had the impression that Coleman had been warned about other tests.

All in all, the investigators concluded, Coleman did not learn from his experience, but rather acted “completely negligently, even recklessly”. That should also be a reason why the world association banned him for two years, starting on May 14, 2020, when Coleman had already been provisionally sanctioned. A one-year ban, which is usually imposed for such first offenses, would have enabled him to participate in the summer games next year.

Coleman’s attorney said he assumed that the sports court would clarify the case before next summer. A lot of work for “Mister Ghostbuster” one way or another. His client’s career depends – once again – on it.

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