Justin Gatlin: “I Apologise For Any Wrongdoings Or Any Black Eyes I Brought Onto The Sport”

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Controversial 100 metre world champion Justin Gatlin has made his first public apology about the furore caused by his doping bans, in an exclusive interview with ITV News.

The American also said the booing he received at this month’s London championships hurt, but helped motivate him to beat Usain Bolt.

The sprinter has served two drug bans and has received criticism for reportedly not showing remorse for his actions.

Gatlin was first banned in 2001 for taking a banned supplement for Attention Deficit Disorder, which he had been using since childhood.

He was given an early reinstatement by world athletics’ governing body the IAAF the following year who also accepted at the time that Gatlin had not cheated.

He was banned again in 2006 after testing positive for the steroid testosterone. Gatlin maintains to this day that this was as a result of sabotage by a disaffected member of his team.

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Justin Gatlin gave an exclusive interview to ITV News Correspondent Steve Scott. Credit: ITV News

The American athlete says he wrote a letter of apology to the IAAF years ago – however he told ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott that if people want a public apology then they can have one.

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (left) and USA’s Justin Gatlin after the Men’s 100m Final. Credit: PA

“If they wanted an official apology, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I apologise for any wrongdoings or any black eyes I brought onto the sport, I love the sport that’s why I’ve come back to run and try to run to the best of my ability and for that I’ve worked hard to right my wrongs”.

Being presented with a gold medal for the 100m World Championships should have been a career highlight for Justin, instead it was marred with jeering and booing from the crowd in London, which the athlete admits “did hurt”.

He said: “It did hurt because I’m not there for myself, I’m up there for my country, I’m up there for my supporters, I didn’t do it for myself. Especially when I was at the starting line I wasn’t there for me. I was there for people back at home watching who weren’t able to come.

“Maybe the boos were for me but standing on the podium was for the people who have loved me and my country that I love,” said Gatlin.

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Gold medalist Justin Gatlin stands between Christian Coleman (L) of the United States and bronze medalist Usain Bolt. Credit: PA

The American star said he had to overcome his concern about what people thought about him before he came back to running:

“I wanted people to respect me, to love me, to know that I’m a hard worker like anybody else.

“I felt like sometimes that fell on deaf ears, and it took away from my focus of being a runner because I was so consumed by what people would think about me and judging me, that I really had to just dial-in and just focus on being a runner and let natural talent do all the talking.”

There has been friendly rivalry between the much-loved Usain Bolt and the 35 year old throughout their careers but with Bolt now retiring, public forgiveness might be easier to come-by.

Gatlin is next due to compete at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich this week.

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Athletes Pull Out Of London 2017 World Championships Events, Due To Vomiting Bug.

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According to ITV news online, a number of athletes have been forced to pull out of events at the London 2017 World Championships after being struck down with gastroenteritis.

Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, a gold medal hopeful, had to withdraw from the 200m heats on Monday night after reportedly suffering food poisoning.

Irish hurdler Thomas Barr was also forced to pull out of his semi-finals after being struck down with the vomiting bug.

“I’m gutted…my whole year has been focused on the World Championships,” he said.

“Not being able to go out and compete…is beyond disappointing.”

Organisers of the World Championships confirmed other athletes staying at the same official hotel had also fallen ill.

A statement from London 2017 read: “There have been a number of cases of gastroenteritis reported by team members residing within one of the official team hotels for the World Championships.

“Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC (local organising committee) medical staff, in addition we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained.

“As a result, further advice and guidelines have been issued to team doctors and support staff – standard procedure for such an occurrence where a number of teams are occupying championship accommodation.”

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/2017-08-08/world-championships-london-2017-number-of-athletes-struck-down-with-gastroenteritis/

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Spectators Shocked As Usain Bolt Looses Gold Medal To Justin Gatlin in 100m World Championship Run.

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It was supposed to be a moment of unbridled celebration, a glittering farewell to the man who has been a totem for all that is good about athletics amid a miserable chain of corruption and doping scandals. But boos rang out inside the London Stadium as Justin Gatlin a twice-convicted drugs cheat, stood atop the podium where most expected Usain Bolt would be.

The reaction of the crowd was not as raw as it had been the previous evening, when Gatlin’s shock 100m victory rendered most momentarily silent before a chorus of boos took hold. An additional day had calmed passions but athletics again finds its showpiece event eclipsed by debate over drugs cheats.

When Usain Bolt was called up to receive his world championships bronze medal, the result of his first failure in a major final since 2011, the crowd rose to their feet and gave him a rousing applause. The Jamaican, who will retire after the 4x100m relay on Saturday, beamed and clapped all corners of this magical stadium. When it was Gatlin’s turn to assume his position on the top step the American remained stony faced as sections of the crowd made their distaste known.

Sebastian Coe, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, looked uncomfortable as he presented the medals, hanging the sport’s biggest prize round the neck of one of its most infamous cheats.

The time of the medal ceremony had earlier been switched from 8pm to 6.50pm in what looked like a hasty attempt to minimise bad publicity. The IAAF insisted it was an administration error rather than anything to do with the raging controversy around the result. But cynics might suggest holding it 10 minutes before the international television feed began and when some spectators were still undergoing security checks to enter the stadium was an attempt to turn down the volume of disgust.

Lord Coe had suggested before the championships began that the sport’s biggest challenge was not doping, but remaining relevant to young people. After spending much of the day fielding questions about Gatlin and what his victory means for the future of athletics he may have changed his mind.

Gatlin is now 35 and his two bans date back to early in his career. The first was in 2001 for Adderall, a drug containing an amphetamine that Gatlin said he had taken since childhood to combat attention deficit disorder. The United States Anti-Doping Agency banned him for two years, later reduced to one.

Gatlin has previously said: “Last time I checked, someone who takes medication for a disorder is not a doper. Other people in the sport have taken the same medication I had for ADD and only got warnings, I didn’t.”

But in 2006 Gatlin was banned for eight years, later reduced to four, when he failed a test for the banned steroid testosterone. When he returned in 2010, Gatlin did not set the world alight with his times but by 2015 he was running quicker than he ever had before and many expected him to produce the nightmare scenario and beat Bolt at that year’s world championships.

Coe said at the time the idea of Gatlin beating Bolt, the only man in history to have run under 9.79sec clean, made him feel queasy. He did not engage in such emotive language on Sunday but insisted that the IAAF had campaigned for lifetime bans for drugs cheats. “There have been two bans in the past, one which got watered down which made it very difficult for the second ban,” he said, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek.

“The second ban we went for an eight-year ban which would have in essence been a life ban – we lost that. So these things are suffused in legality. I’m not eulogistic that somebody that has served two bans in our sport would walk off with one of our glittering prizes, but he is eligible to be here.”

 

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/06/justin-gatlin-usain-bolt-lord-coe-not-perfect-100m-final-athletics-world-championships

 

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Rio Olympics Grand Closing Ceremony For The 2016 Olympic Games

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Rio has handed hosting duties for the Olympic Games to Tokyo in a colourful and rain-lashed closing ceremony.

Brazil brought down the curtain on the first Olympics to be held in South America – 16 days that saw spectacular sporting achievement but also disappointing crowds, crime and criticism for the organisers.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach hailed the Games as a “marvellous Olympic Games in the ‘marvellous city'” before the baton was handed to 2020 hosts Tokyo.

A taster sequence for the Japan Games featured bullet trains and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe emerging from a green pipe dressed as Nintendo video game hero Mario.

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Gold medal-winning women’s hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh was given the honour of leading out Team GB in the Maracana as British competitors celebrated their historic second place finish in the medals table.

Many of the athletes wore ponchos as they entered the stadium taking selfies and dancing to music from Brazilian DJs.

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe emerged from a green pipe dressed as Mario

Gold medal winners among the flag bearers from other nations included 4ft 9in gymnastics superstar Simone Biles from the US, and South African runner Caster Semenya.

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Britain’s athletes wore shoes with soles that lit up red, white and blue.

Oiled-up Tongan taekwondo competitor Pita Taufatofua also danced on stage in a grass skirt, reprising a moment that captured many people’s attention when he carried the flag during the opening ceremony.

The ceremony brought to a close just over two weeks of competition

However, like so many events in Rio, the closing ceremony took place in front of a half-empty stadium.

The stormy weather also took its toll, with helicopters that were supposed to provide spectacular aerial footage grounded for safety reasons.

High winds and torrential rain caused power cuts in Rio, including near the stadium shortly before the start of the ceremony when power lines came down.

It was a rather wet affair however, with ponchos coming in very handy

Some athletes cut short their participation. Team GB distance runner Eilish McColgan tweeted: “So we lasted 10 minutes and are on the first bus home! Should of stayed and watched it on the TV!!”

The ceremony featured original footage of Alberto Santos Dumont, the man that Brazilians recognise as the inventor of the aeroplane.

The theme, “Brazilians can do with their bare hands,” was a nod to the emerging economy of the world’s fifth most populous nation.

GB athletes joined in the parade around the Maracana stadium

Dressed in bright feathers, dozens of dancers formed in the shape of the arches of Lapa, a popular area of Rio akin to Roman ruins, then morphed to make the shape of iconic Sugarloaf Mountain before quickly changing again, this time to the official 2016 symbol.

Fans leaving the stadium said they had not let the bad weather dampen their spirits.

Holly Graham, from the US, said: “Amazing, fantastic, beautiful… absolutely gorgeous. Couldn’t be happier.”

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/rio-closing-ceremony-passes-olympic-baton-to-tokyo-10547278

 

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BBC Releases Shocking Messages Between Italian Tennis Player Daniele Bracciali And Gambler Manlio Bruni.

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Here is one of the exchanges – between Italian player Daniele Bracciali, who is now banned, and gambler Manlio Bruni.

According to Italian prosecutor Roberto di Martino, almost 30 top tennis players should be investigated for possible links to betting rings.

Di Martino has been conducting a two-year inquiry into a suspected match-fixing ring involving Italian tennis players and gamblers.

click on the link below (source) to watch the full video conversation between Daniele Bracciali and Manlio Bruni.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35807032

 

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Why Is Her Majesty The Queen Holding A Tesco Club Card?

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The Queen has been presented with a grocery card worth £50 after her horse Barber’s Shop won first prize at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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Her Majesty looked delighted as the Tesco club card voucher was handed over after her horse came top in the Tattersalls & RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show being held in what is literally her back garden.

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1694976/every-little-helps-even-when-youre-queen

 

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Cameroon Midfielder Patrick Ekeng Dies During A Match Broadcasted Live On Romanian TV.

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Players said to have been in tears after midfielder Patrick Ekeng collapsed during a match broadcast live on Romanian TV

An international footballer has collapsed and died while playing for a Romanian top league club in a match broadcast live on TV.

Several players and club staff members were seen in tears after Patrick Ekeng dropped to the ground while playing for Dinamo Bucharest.

Local media said the 26-year-old from Cameroon suffered a heart attack.

Spokesman for the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, Cristian Pandrea, said doctors had tried for an hour to resuscitate the midfielder but failed.

Mr Pandrea said the cause of death was not known.

The match between Dinamo and Viitorul Constanta was 3-3 at the time midfielder Ekeng fell to the ground 69 minutes into the game.

Ekeng had played twice for his national team Cameroon, both times at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, and also had spells with Spanish club Cordoba CF, Swiss club Lausanne, and French club Le Mans.

The footballer had a wife and daughter.

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1691884/cameroon-footballer-dies-on-pitch-during-match

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