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VERBATIM: Coe says Gatlin deserves courtesy

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The issue about Justin Gatlin is in a way clear for me. I can't change my view on that but he's eligible to compete. And he should be accorded the same courtesy. That any athlete within those codes and those rules is accorded.>> Do you think that it is fair that on the one hand, Justin Gatlin is going to the Olympics, an athlete who was twice banned in his life, and on the other hand Yelena Isinbayeva, who was the face of the athletics for years and has impeccable reputation is not going here.
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Is it fair?>> These are two entirely different issues. Gatlin is eligible to compete. We've talked about life bans. Yep, I would like to see life bans but that's not been possible. And let's be really clear about this I'm afraid that Russia has let down their athletes. We have not banned athletes.
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This was a cataclysmic failure to oversee and protect those athletes.