BLOG BY : Riya Rathore
Anju have the support of the AFI and the associations of Australia andgreat britain We are in touch with the two athletes, they have confirmed their support and are also confident of the future. The Australian athlete Thompson’s former coach Gary Bourne has been very vocal and very bold. He has said he will push the issue at an Athletics Australia conference at the end of this week. Adille Sumariwalla, the AFI President, has been very positive and has assured of his support,” said Bobby.The retired Thompson was quoted as telling Brisbane’s Courier-Mail : “You can’t ever give someone back the moment on top of the podium once you’ve stolen it from them. I have a great life after athletics but would I love to be awarded the gold medal after finishing behind three athletes who have all been shown up as drug cheats? Of course. At this stage, I am hoping Athletics Australia will support the three of us in our legal action to help build a strategy and gather evidence to build our case.”
Anju, 39, was synonymous with success during her career. In 2003, she became the first Indian athlete to win a medal at the World Championships when she claimed bronze in the long jump. In 2005, she won silver in the long jump at the World Athletics Final, which nine years later was upgraded to gold owing to a failed drugs test by the gold medallist Kotova..The original medallists from Athens, Russia’s Tatyana Lebedeva (gold), Irina Simagina (silver) and Tatyana Kotova (bronze) all failed dope tests in subsequent competitions. But since they didn’t fail tests at Athens, they remain as medallists in the books. Their samples from the event have been destroyed while the ten-year statute of limitations is also over. The inside the games website, quoting Brisbane’s Courier Mail newspaper, said Thompson and Johnson have decided to seek the support of their national federations in their bid to pursue their claim legally with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Anju, the 2003 World Championships bronze medallist, has already found support from the Athletics Federation of India and the government is also expected to back her bid, given the fact that if she succeeds, the country would gain a rare Olympic medal in athletics. “It is a fight for justice, it doesn’t matter if we win or lose, we will fight for it,” Robert George, Anju’s husband.
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