Gatlin's drug mess

How the mighty have fallen. I've not been very happy since the news broke that the World and Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin and Marion Jones returned positive tests and Gatlin now faces life ban.

I've been really upset because these two lovelies were my favourites sprinters. I almost wished it was not true. Was there a systematic doping going on in the USATF or could some knuckle head be at large sabotaging top athletes with drugs?

Well, Gatlin,24, has bravely decided to own up and accepted the punishment and heard he has been banned for up to eight years and the
United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) has set the maximum suspension, but the actual length of it will be determined by an arbitration panel.

The ban came into effect on 15 August, and is set to run until 24 July, 2014, unless it is overturned or reduced at the arbitration hearing.

Do you think there is a systematic doping in US athletics? Have your say.

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