If You Can't Beat 'Em, Don't Race 'Em
“I believe Europe has great talents and can be competitive with anyone in any discipline. But in the distance races we lose a lot of potential stars because they get thrown into races against the top runners from Africa and the rest of the world and then get discouraged if they don’t immediately do well.”
“The example of Britain’s Mo Farah shows that if someone with ability and willingness to work hard can get regular opportunities to race at the right level and earn a living they can mature naturally and become a world beater. We need to learn from his experience and make it happen again and again.”
– European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen talking about how he thinks he can improve European distance athletes by having “European-only” races at big events like Diamond League meets. Taking the British “If we can’t win, why bother going?” mentality from World XC to a whole new level.
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