Is End in Sight of Forgiveness for Dopers?

Testing positive first for amphetamine and then for testosterone could, at worse, have seen 2004 Olympic sprint champion Justin Gatlin barred for life as a repeat offender. However, arbitrators decided Gatlin didn't take amphetamine to cheat in 2001 but because doctors prescribed it to treat attention deficit disorder first diagnosed when he was aged 9.

updated: October 11, 2014 11:20 IST
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In this July 18, 2014, file photo, Justin Gatlin, of the United States, wins the men's 200 meters during the Herculis International Athletics Meeting, at the Louis II Stadium, in Monaco. No matter how fast Justin Gatlin runs, the American sprinter can't seem to distance himself from his checkered past.


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Can you forgive and forget? Justin Gatlin asks that of his sport every time he competes.

Not with words, because saying "sorry" time and again for two doping positives is not his style. But with each blistering sprint, the fastest man this year has tested the tolerance for forgiveness in track and field and among those who want to believe in it.

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