The always outspoken Nick Symmonds is still angry with how USA Track & Field (USATF) handled the disqualification of Gabriele Grunewald in the women’s 3,000 meters last month. Although Grunewald was rightfully reinstated as the champion, Symmonds believes USATF got off easy since Jordan Hasay agreed to drop out of the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships so Grunewald could take her place.
Here’s what Symmonds had to say about the situation to Running Times:
“It’s a huge injustice. I’m very happy for Gabriele, I’m saddened for Jordan Hasay, and I’m really sad for the state of the sport. We basically allowed a young lady, Jordan Hasay, to save USATF’s butt. I hope we continue to keep USATF honest, because that’s an injustice that can’t be tolerated anymore.”
Symmonds said increased transparency could help future controversies be avoided:
“We’ve got to have the TFAA (Track & Field Athletes Association) involved in every single decision out there, because too often, certain people bully others and decisions end up being made that are against USATF’s own operating protocol, which is absurd.”
It has been reported that the TFAA and USTAF may hold a meeting soon, so Symmonds may see his wish for more oversight come true. Still, even if a change is made to the disqualification and appeals procedures, it won’t help alleviate the black eye USATF earned in Albuquerque.
[Source: Running Times]