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  • Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

    Athletics International is reporting that Ali Saïdi-Sief (Sydney 5K bronze medalist) is being given a special dispensation by the IAAF that might allow him to compete at the Worlds.

    Last day to get an entry mark (13:21.50) is August 16... but his 2-year EPO suspension doesn't end until the next day.

    In response to a petition from the Algerian Federation, IAAF says S-S can have until 8/27 (day before the heats in Paris) in which to come up w/ a qualifier.

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    Re: Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

    >In response to a petition
    >from the Algerian Federation, IAAF says S-S can
    >have until 8/27 (day before the heats in Paris)
    >in which to come up w/ a qualifier.

    Why give special consideration to a drug cheat and no one else?

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    • #3
      Re: Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

      I agree. If he can't make the deadline because he was cheating, that's karma coming back to bite him in the butt. Let him start looking ahead to the Olympics, or catch the last few GL/GP meets.
      "Run fast and keep turning left."

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      • #4
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        >I agree. If he can't make the deadline because he
        >was cheating, that's karma coming back to bite
        >him in the butt. Let him start looking ahead to
        >the Olympics, or catch the last few GL/GP meets.

        The more I think about this, the more irritated I am getting. This is hypocrisy(typical IAAF) at its finest unless there is something I am missing.

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        • #5
          Re: Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

          More bad news...according to postings on iaaf Maurren Maggi (7.06 LJ) failed a test in June.

          The British Olympic Association have just announced that Carl Myersclough won't be allowed to compete in Athens next year because of his 2 year ban.

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          • #6
            Re: Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

            That's ludicrous!

            There should be a "no tolerance" policy. First offense = life suspension - no exceptions.

            Drugs are going to kill the sport.

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            • #7
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              Drugs will only kill the sport so long as hotheads like you go so beserk and blow things way out of proportion. The lighter the penalties a sporting body (see baseball, see football) places on a first-time user, the less of a problem that sport is perceived to have. Track is being killed because the sentences are already far too heavy (in the public perception--that's not necessarily what I really believe, but you gotta be pragmatic here).

              Everybody deserves a second chance in life. Should those who get a DUI lose their licence for a couple of months, or for life?

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              • #8
                Re: Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

                >Everybody deserves a
                >second chance in life. Should those who get a DUI
                >lose their licence for a couple of months, or for
                >life?

                I wholeheartedly agree but someone who loses their license for a couple of months should not get their license back 2 weeks early because they want to go to Disneyland especially if others are not given a second chance at all.

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                • #9
                  Re: Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

                  Doesn't there have to be a certain number of starters and/or finishers for a time to be official? The athletes should just boycott the races he goes into.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

                    >Drugs will only kill the sport so long as
                    >hotheads like you go so beserk and blow things
                    >way out of proportion. The lighter the penalties
                    >a sporting body (see baseball, see football)
                    >places on a first-time user, the less of a
                    >problem that sport is perceived to have. Track is
                    >being killed because the sentences are already
                    >far too heavy (in the public perception--that's
                    >not necessarily what I really believe, but you
                    >gotta be pragmatic here).

                    Financial penalties.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

                      >Doesn't there have to be a certain number of
                      >starters and/or finishers for a time to be
                      >official? The athletes should just boycott the
                      >races he goes into.

                      I'm guessing you're not a pro. Boycotting the very thing on which your livelihood depends is no small thing. Hard enough for athletes from rich places like the US or Europe, downright horrifying if you're from someplace like Kenya or Ethiopia. Strikes are best reserved for things like ending 14-hour work days or deadly working conditions, not disgruntlement over a track meet.
                      "Run fast and keep turning left."

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                      • #12
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                        Saidi should be allowed to run. He's suffered enough. The point of the ban was to keep him from competing for 2 years; not to keep him out of the World Champs 2 years and 2 weeks later. Besides, Algeria's once strong program has fallen on hard times of late and it's in the interest of the sport for that country to return to the international scene.

                        A NFL/MLB/NBA athlete does something wrong and he gets an unpaid vacation. A track athlete does something wrong and his/her career is ruined.

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                        • #13
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                          Unpaid vacation? Didn't I read that the baseball guy who whacked the mascot with the bat got like a 3-game suspension, but he got paid anyway, because the baseball union has such a strong contract that they can't take his pay away even for an infraction like that?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

                            >Boycotting the very thing on which
                            >your livelihood depends is no small thing. Hard
                            >enough for athletes from rich places like the US
                            >or Europe, downright horrifying if you're from
                            >someplace like Kenya or Ethiopia. Strikes are
                            >best reserved for things like ending 14-hour work
                            >days or deadly working conditions, not
                            >disgruntlement over a track meet.

                            I guess it depends how strongly you feel about it. Radcliffe, if this were a woman, might be one who would boycott.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Saïdi-Sief At Worlds?

                              If she didn't boycott somebody she felt was dirty at the time in Edmonton (Yegorova), she wouldn't boycott over a technicality like this.

                              And her sponsors wouldn't let her!

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