The sprinter who gave Usain Bolt a bittersweet end to his career, Justin Gatlin, has not been listed as one of the 10 nominees for the 2017 athlete of the year at the IAAF World awards.
This makes it the first time since 2004 that Justin Gatlin will be left out of the nominee’s list and also makes it the first time that a champion of the Olympic or champion will not be included in the list of nominees.
Justin Gatlin won the 100m championship in August with Usain Bolt in third place.
Justin Gatlin has served two doping ban which made it difficult for him to be nominated as the IAAF award rules prohibit anyone who has been convicted of a doping offense to be nominated.
Fans Against Gatlin
The nomination of Justin Gatlin in 2014 caused an uproar as it led to Rober Harting, the discus champion, revealing that he wanted his name omitted from the list of nominees.
Gatlin, 35, was booed by the crowd in the London Stadium during the award presentation ceremony.
Gatlin was also not nominated for the 2014 athlete of the year even though he won gold at the Olympics in Athletics and the president of the IAAF, Lord Coe, revealed that he wasn’t happy about Gatlin’s victory but couldn’t do anything about it.
Gatlin has not made any statement regarding the latest development.