Justin Gatlin believes athletes who have returned from a doping ban should be given a second chance.
His statement comes days just after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt came out publicly stating that the one-year ban that was handed out to an American sprinter, Tyson Gay as “the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”
This is the first time Bolt has come out publicly to criticize his Gay, who tested positive back in 2013 for a banned steroid and was later handed out a one-year ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
During an interview with Runner's World, Bolt said that, “The message should be: “If you cheat, you’re going to be kicked out of the sport," adding that, “You have to drive fear into athletes, to make them think about the consequences of their actions. If they’re getting an easy penalty why would they care?”
While speaking to the Guardian at the ongoing Penn relays which are being staged in Philadelphia, Gatlin said that as much as he respects Bolt's opinion, he is looking forward to seeing Gay competing one more time.
“That’s a fight between Tyson and Usain,” the American sprinter said. “They’ve had many battles in the past, so hopefully Tyson will come back on his A-game and it’ll make a good competition. Everyone should give a second chance, but everyone is also entitled to their opinion. I can’t say that what Usain has said is bad or good. It’s an opinion, and everybody is entitled to their opinion, so I respect what he says.”