Quote Of The Day
“[They] chose to ignore all the warning signs that were raised both by people from outside and from people who worked closely with Abeba. They drove on. No one wanted to risk missing the opportunity to bring the world’s fastest runners to the Association and Sweden. … to disregard the fundamental sporting values and rules, and not to take into account the obvious risks were simply a price that [they] thought was worth paying.”
“… Abeba will have to take her punishment, and rightly so. But those who basked when the medals fell in should also take a charitable responsibility today, when everything has crashed. … Abeba’s career as a runner is most likely done and the price she will pay is huge. While agents, coaches, federations and association can move on tomorrow without any consequences. … It is time that everyone takes responsibility, and instead of talking, goes to work for a clean, sustainable and healthy sport.”
– Swedish coach Per Synnerman writing about why Swedish club Hammarby Athletics, the Swedish Athletics Association, and Swedish Olympic Committee all share blame for the Abeba Aregawi doping scandal. Synnermann was the Hammarby head coach, but was “forced out for asking too many questions” about Aregawi.
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