Speaking ahead of his graduation from the University of East London, Adam Gemili offered his support to IAAF president Seb Coe
Adam Gemili feels that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) must continue conducting rigorous investigations to stamp out the problem of doping in the sport.
WADA’s Independent Commission (IC) report into “state-sponsored” doping in Russian athletics also flagged up other areas of potential concern, with the IC chair Dick Pound warning that the findings involving Russia may well be the “tip of the iceberg”.
The 22-year-old Brit is currently away in Qatar at a training camp, and is disconnected in terms of distance from the goings-on surrounding the IAAF and WADA, but is thoroughly aware of the gravity of the situation engulfing international athletics.
Germany’s Olympic champion discus thrower, Robert Harting, has called on the IAAF to establish another commission to investigate Kenya and Jamaica, and while doped athletes are the last thing on Gemili’s mind when he enters his starting blocks, he feels more must be done to counteract the scourge of doping elsewhere.
Gemili said: “I read that document and it said there were other countries as well so there’s a lot more investigation that needs to be done. Personally I don’t think it has just been going on with Russia. I think it might be going on with other countries as well. It’s very unlikely it would just be one country but that’s for them (IAAF and WADA) to get out there and sort it out.
“When I compete I have no doubt because I believe everyone I’m racing against has earned the right to be on that line and, if they get caught afterwards for whatever reason, then that’s external. But while I’m racing that thought doesn’t come into my mind.”
The Steve Fudge-coached sprinter made a fleeting visit back home this week to attend his graduation ceremony from the University of East London where he passed his sports and exercise science degree with a 2:1.
Despite having to juggle his training schedule with full-time education, Gemili became the first Brit in history to dip below the 10 and 20-second marks for the 100m and 200m when he ran 9.97 at the Birmingham Diamond League meet in June.
Gemili, who has been part of the Great Britain team since London 2012, is familiar with the stringent anti-doping measures in the UK – he estimates being drugs tested once or twice per month – and believes the country’s system is the best in the world.
“We’re very lucky that they are very much on it with doping. If anyone is doing it, it’s very, very difficult to get away with it,” he said.
“You would like to think that is happening across the globe in every country. Unfortunately we’ve seen from documents that it’s not.
“That’s down to the IAAF and WADA to actually put that into place and make sure every time I’m getting a knock at the door, someone in other countries is also getting tested just as much as me and other athletes in this country.”
Gemili also offered his support for under-fire IAAF president Seb Coe, and has put his faith in the double Olympic champion to be the man to turn things around.
He added: “I know what he’s like and I know how passionate he is about the sport. I know how hard he has worked to be in his position so I have a lot of faith in him. Hopefully he will do all he can to eradicate all the doping from the sport.”