350 Spanish Coaches Speak Out Against Doping

Translated by Stewart Atkins for LetsRun.com
December 21, 2010

Editor's note: LetsRun.com reader Stewart Atkins has been translating some articles for us on the track and field doping scandal in Spain.  Below is the translation of this El Pais article.  http://www.elpais.com/articulo/deportes/entrenadores/quieren/mano/dura/dopaje/elpepudep/20101221elpepudep_5/Tes

350 Spanish coaches speak.  Today, Dec. 21, 2010, El Pais.


El País, December 21, 2010

Coaches also want harsh penalties for doping

In a statement released by over 350 coaches, the group calls for “thorough investigations” of anyone allegedly involved in Operation Greyhound.

More than 350 coaches have joined the campaign against doping that has gained momentum in the aftermath of Operation Greyhound.  In their issued statement, the group called for “thorough investigations” of anyone who might be involved.  They also expressed their solidarity with the plan to get rid of doping in all sports, not only in track and field.

In a statement released by the Spanish Federation of Track and field, more than 350 coaches openly condemned doping as well as everything related to the doping ring that has been uncovered in Operation Greyhound, the recent federal raid that has implicated such star athletes as Marta Domínguez and Alberto García, among others.  The group of coaches expressed their “unconditional support for any and all measures, both at the legal and state level, that are aimed at putting an end to doping in track and field and in all sports in general.” The group also expressed their desire that anyone allegedly involved be "investigated thoroughly” by the federal police.

“Considering that we are a group of mostly amateur coaches, our interest is in encouraging the development and growth of track and field.  That said, we want to accomplish this in a way that is consistent with, and respectful of, the rules, ethical principles, and values that we strive to teach to our own athletes,” the statement read.  At the same time, the group affirmed that they believe it is indeed possible to reach the highest ranks of track and field without using banned substances, and said that they “unequivocally defend the practices that protect the principles of equality, legality, and the health of their athletes.”  “Our interest is in preserving and defending the values that the sport of track and field encourages and develops, both at the beginning levels of the sport and up to the most elite level.”  


More Spanish Doping Translations:
December 21:
*Natalia Rodriguez's Coach Talks About Doping Scandal, Looks Back to 2009 and Sees Some Thing Differently

*December 20:
Marta Domínguez to Testify in Court This Wednesday
*Martín Fiz: “You've got to respect Marta for all that she has done
*Jesus España: "Those Who Dope Aren't Teammates of Mine"


* 2009 European XC Champ Alemayehu Bezabeh May Have Been Duped By His Coach Into Blood Doping And Could Possibly Get Off Because He Didn't Reinject Blood
A Bag Of Blood From Operation Puerto In 2006 Was Linked To Marta Dominguez And Helped Kick Off This Probe 
*Marta Domínguez: "I've Never Dealt Drugs."
*Last Year's European XC Champ Alemayehu Bezabeh Admitted He Was Just About To Transfuse A Bag Of Blood
Bezabah apparently thought there was nothing wrong with it and for some reason we believe he's telling the truth. "He told me that he was just about to tap the bag, and when I told him that this was doping and that he couldn't be on the team, he was shocked."
*Jesus España: "It was a well-known secret"
"It's very easy to walk into a doctor's office with 7,000 bucks in your pocket (5,000 euros) and tell the doctor that 'the time has come to reach my full potential. Do anything you have to do, here are my veins. Just make me into a champion.' I could have done that."


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