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World Championships Time to forgive Justin Gatlin - manager

Sprinter Justin Gatlin should be forgiven and allowed to move on, according to his manager Renaldo Nehemiah.

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Time to forgive Justin Gatlin - manager

(Omni Sports)

Sprinter Justin Gatlin should be forgiven and allowed to move on, according to his manager Renaldo Nehemiah.

Usain Bolt's victory over Gatlin in the 100 metres at the World Championships was touted as a celebration for athletics after the American's two doping bans.

Nehemiah said Gatlin, 33, had been treated unfairly, given his last ban was in 2006.

"If you're going to reinstate any athlete then they should be allowed the same privileges and freedom as everybody else is," Nehemiah told Omnisport.

"And you need to insulate them and protect them. If you're not going to do that then maybe you shouldn't reinstate them, because you're setting them up to fail, so that was my disappointment.

"Don't do this to any athlete. But I'm not angry and I told Justin to keep your head up.

"You have to have a level of forgiveness too. I wish everybody had a level of forgiveness because, if they did, then they could move on and all of the negative things that come out of your mouth really reflect what's in your heart.

"So the sooner everyone else, the media and everyone can forgive Justin Gatlin, the sooner they can free themselves of the animosity and we can all move on and enjoy this is an entertainment spectacle."

Bolt edged Gatlin by 0.01secs in the 100m and the pair are set to go head-to-head again in the 200m on Thursday.

Nehemiah criticised the IAAF for a lack of support but said the governing body was benefiting from Gatlin's performances.

"From my side, they [IAAF] don't want to look like they support him so they don't," he said.

"But behind closed doors when you see that epic 1/100th of a second photo finish they're benefiting financially, it's 'ker-ching ker-ching ker-ching'.

"And [the 200m] is going to be the same thing, which will put the IAAF and our sport in a great position next year for the rematch again, and new sponsors to come in so you can't have it both ways and my whole [point] is that it starts at the top.

"If you don't like the rules, change them, but if someone is playing by your rules support them, don't leave them out there. Any other entity would support their athletes; they'd come out and take a stand.

"This is our rule, we reinstated him and we're not going to let you create anything that's not here."

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