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Athletics – Calvin Case – Patrice Gergès: "We can't go on like this"

Posted on April 7, 2019 at 7:12 PM – Updated on April 7, 2019 at 7:25 PM

Gabriel Vanhoutte

The DTN of the French Athletics Federation, Patrice Gergès, spoke about the case of Clemence Calvin, threatened with suspension because he had not submitted to an unannounced check. He plans to tighten the control of the athletes to prevent a recurrence of this situation.

A case that will respond. At the heart of the turmoil, Clemence Calvin still did not express the threat of a pending suspension over his shoulders and that of his coach Samir Dahmani, as he escaped an unannounced check in Morocco on March 27. On the other hand, the boss of French athletics is him on the niche this Sunday. Patrice Gergès, national technical director of the French athletics federation, expressed the wish to strengthen the monitoring of athletes at a high level. " We have to be less lax, he said in the columns of the newspaper the team. When an athlete goes somewhere, someone needs to know where he is. We are working on that. IFor example, it would be necessary to validate internship financing only if the internship position has been validated by the federation.. The latter also admitted that "we can stay that way".

Patrice Gergès: "We must take control of the system"

When asked about the concrete means of action of the federation, the DTN has revealed plans that already exist. "For marathoners, those who will be selected at the Worlds may have to perform specific biological monitoring for their event, says Patrice Gergès. We must take control of the system by imposing more restrictions on professional athletes. And to mention the control over places of training. "It is necessary to define internship places where there would be no federal support," he adds. And if athletes want to go, it will be with their personal help. The search for information has finally become a priority for the DTN in its fight against illegal practices: " We need real information because there is nothing more unpleasant than discovering things as was the case In what is called the "Calvin affair."


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