Gatlin Shocked by Dope Allegation against His Coach, Agent

first_imgWorld champion sprinter Justin Gatlin said that he is “shocked and surprised” at doping allegations made against his coach and an agent.Athletics anti-doping officials have begun an investigation into what the president of the sport’s governing body called “serious allegations” about Dennis Mitchell and Robert Wagner.United Kingdom’s Daily Telegraph said on Tuesday that Wagner – an agent linked to Gatlin – offered to “illicitly supply performance-enhancing drugs” to undercover reporters. A video released by the Telegraph features a man the newspaper says is Wagner insinuating Gatlin is taking banned drugs, “just like every other sprinter in America”.The paper also said Gatlin’s coach, former Olympic gold medallist Mitchell, told reporters that athletes are able to get away with doping because the drugs they use cannot be detected by tests.Both deny the allegations.Writing on Instagram on Tuesday, Gatlin said he “fired” Mitchell “as soon as I found out about this”.The 35-year-old American said he is “not using and have not used” performance-enhancing drugs.He added: “All legal options are on the table as I will not allow others to lie about me like this.”The Telegraph said its journalists had posed as representatives of a film company wanting to make a sports film who were looking for a coach to train their star to look like an athlete.The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) – set up by the sport’s world governing body the IAAF – and the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) said they had opened an investigation into the claims.“Investigations stemming from tips and whistleblowers play a critical role in anti-doping efforts,” Usada said in a statement. “We are presently co-ordinating with the Athletics Integrity Unit in order to investigate these claims fully.“As with all investigations, we encourage individuals with information to come forward as an important tool to help protect clean athletes. Importantly, individuals are innocent unless and until the established process determines otherwise. It’s only fair to let due process occur before jumping to any conclusions.”IAAF president Lord Coe said: “These allegations are extremely serious and I know the independent Athletics Integrity Unit will investigate in accordance with its mandate.”Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, won 100m gold at August’s World Championships in London, beating Usain Bolt in the Jamaican’s final individual 100m race before retiring.Gatlin’s legal representatives said the sprinter had more than five years’ worth of official drugs tests to show “he has never tested positive for any banned substance”, the paper reported.In a statement to the Telegraph, Mitchell said: “I never suggested in any way that any of my current athletes used any banned substances or that I was familiar with training any of my current athletes with those substances.”Wagner told the paper: “I wasn’t involved in doping. Obviously I played along because I knew what was going on. I had to get them hooked.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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ManBetX aims for ‘huge impact’ with Wolves partnership

first_img ManBetX pockets key snooker sponsorship deal August 2, 2018 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Oddschecker: The betting impact of transfer market turbulence July 31, 2018 Share ManBetX enhances World Snooker links with Welsh Open renewal June 29, 2018 Online gambling operator, ManBetX has expanded its portfolio of sponsorships, unveiling a record partnership with English Premier League side, Wolves.As part of the long-term agreement, which is the the largest in the club’s history, and is signed ahead of a second successive Premier League campaign and first appearance in European competition for 40 years, ManBetX will see the international gaming company become the club’s new principal and shirt sponsor.Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple commented: “We are delighted to welcome ManBetX as our new shirt sponsors as we enter another hugely exciting period for the football club.“We had the opportunity to work with a new principal partner for the 2019/20 season and we felt that the scale and ambition of ManBetX was closely aligned to ours – I’m confident we can achieve great things in what is Wolves’ largest ever sponsorship deal.“As the team moves at an exciting pace on the pitch, guiding us into Europe for the first time in 40 years, it’s essential development off it continues at a similar rate, and this deal represents huge progression.“A large focus has been placed on developing our global audience, with the team heading to Nanjing and Shanghai for the Premier League Asia Trophy in July, and this deal will only expand our global reach, given the impressive reputation ManBetX has in Asia.”Like last season, Wolves Academy shirts will be sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton, while a fresh sponsor to front junior shirts will be announced in the coming weeks.Xavi Wong, ManBetX sponsorship director, added: “We are extremely proud to be able to partner with Wolves as we believe that, being together, we are able to make a huge impact in our respective fields.“We are certain that our partnership will blossom and benefit both parties. We believe that Wolves are able to move us to greater heights and set us apart from our competitors.“We are looking forward for this partnership and are excited for what the future holds for the both. Good luck to Wolves in the upcoming 2019/20 Premier League season.”last_img read more

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