If you thought the stories out of last weekend’s USA Indoor Track & Field Championships couldn’t get any weirder, well, keep reading.
Along with the (multiple) controversial disqualifications and the coach-vs-athlete verbal spats comes the story of Christian Hesch, a runner currently serving an 18-month ban for doping. In order to satiate his self-described “warped sense of humor,” Hesch decided to enlist as a volunteer at last weekend’s meet.
The position he volunteered for? One of the people responsible for chaperoning athletes to the doping control center.
According to the story by LetsRun, Hesch possessed an official credential for a couple hours during the women’s pentathlon. He claims he escorted one athlete to the doping control center before his identity was discovered and his credential was revoked, but USATF has denied any such action, claiming Hesch was stopped before he was able to fulfill his volunteer obligations.
He also claims he didn’t pull the stunt to troll USATF:
“I think for most people the reaction would be (to think), ‘Oh that’s a douchey move,’ and it probably is, but it was for my own entertainment,” said Hesch. “I didn’t do this to poke fun at USATF or to make them look bad. It was for my own chuckle and I got a little amusement out of it. If someone wants to make a big deal out of it, feel free.”
But really, isn’t claiming your not a troll the ultimate troll move?
The story is worth reading in full, so go check it out.