Petar Vukicevik is facing an investigation for allegedly sending emails about doping to Merlene Ottey’s former coach
Petar Vukicevic, father and coach to European indoor 60m hurdles bronze medallist Christina Vukicevic, has been suspended by Norway’s athletics federation after it was revealed that he had sent doping-related emails to Slovenian coach Srdjan Djordjevic.
Serbian-born Vukicevic has admitted to sending the emails, which were recently uncovered by Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet. The emails allegedly offer advice to Djordjevic – the former coach to legendary sprinter Merlene Ottey – on the general effects of taking human growth hormone and testosterone.
But despite the admission, Vukicevic – who represented Yugoslavia in the 110m hurdles at the 1980 Olympics – claims his ex-wife, Turid Syftestad, has framed him by tampering with the emails.
The emails are said to reveal that Vukicevic admits to some of his athletes using performance-enhancing drugs. Aside from Christina, Vukicevic is also the father to Vladimir Vukicevic, the 2010 world junior 110m hurdles silver medallist and Norwegian record-holder.
According to the Norwegian federation, Vukicevic has agreed to the suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.
Djordjevic began coaching Ottey after she moved to Slovenia in 1998. One of the most decorated sprinters in athletics history, the former Jamaican then tested positive for Nandrolone in 1999 and was handed a two-year ban by the IAAF. But it was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after it was revealed that the retesting of her sample was not completed within the permitted time.
Now 52, Ottey is still competing internationally and represented Slovenia in the 4x100m relay at this year’s European Championships.