The agent of 100m World Champion, Justin Gatlin has fired back at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) president Lord Coe for his criticism of Gatlin’s triumph at the World Athletics Championships in London describing the IAAF chief as “inhumane” for such comment.
Gatlin surprisingly won the 100m final race to clinch gold ahead of fellow American Christian Coleman and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, but was booed by supporters during and after the race.
During the 100m medal presentation, IAAF president Lord Coe condemned the America’s victory saying it was “not the perfect script” laying claims to the fact that Gatlin was a culprit of two doping offences in which he was conspicuously banned as well.
Gatlin’s agent Renaldo Nehemiah, has however condemned the comment of Lord Coe.
“I take offence to, with all respect, Lord Coe,” Renaldo Nehemiah fired back.
“You don’t allow them in and then still condemn them. I don’t condone doping but Justin Gatlin is not the poster child for it.
He’s done his time, he plays by the rules, the IAAF reinstated him. They said if you come back we should accept that. So to put a narrative out that it’s just Justin Gatlin and he’s the bad guy, it’s really not fair. It’s inhumane. It’s unsportsmanlike.
He won the bronze medal here in 2012 [Olympics] and no-one said a word. No-one said a word in 2013, 2014 or even in 2015. It was only when he started to challenge Bolt it became an issue.
Nehemiah said that Bolt had “no problem” with Gatlin. “If it’s good for Bolt it should be good enough for everyone else. If the king, the legend is OK with it we should all be OK with it.”