The president of the Italian National Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malagó, strongly defended the feat of the sprinter of an American father and Italian mother, Marcell Jacobs, before the doubts raised in different media
ROME – Giovanni Malagó, president of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), acknowledged on Tuesday that he feels “a lot of disgust” and discomfort due to the suspicions of doping shown by some international media about the Italian Marcell jacobs, winner of the gold in the 100 meters of athletics in Tokyo 2020.
“The considerations of some of your colleagues [periodistas] They cause a lot of disgust and also make me uncomfortable from many points of view. I feel that someone shows that they do not know how to accept defeat, “he said. Malagó, which accompanies the delegation in Tokyo, in statements to the Italian media.
“The coach of Marcell, Paolo Camossi. We are talking about athletes undergoing daily anti-doping controls and, when they achieve a record, everything is multiplied by two. The number of controls is staggering. For this reason I strongly defend Marcell“, settled.
Malagó commented in this way an article published by the American newspaper The Washington Post in which he expressed his doubts about the vertical growth experienced by Jacobs, who triumphed in the 100 meters in 9.80 seconds, after breaking the 10-second wall for the first time last May.
The newspaper believes that the enormous growth of Jacobs, which “does not deserve to be accused”, opens “some doubts” and recalls how in the past there have been several cases of doping in the world of athletics.
The American newspaper was also joined by the British newspaper The Times, which shares suspicions about the achievements of Jacobs, the first Italian in history to be able to prevail in the 100 meters of athletics in about Olympic Games.
Forty-one years after the 200-meter Olympic title won by Pietro Mennea in Moscow 1980, another Italian sprinter, Jacobs, was proclaimed Olympic champion, now in 100 meters, with a mark of 9.80 that makes him the successor of the legendary Jamaican Usain bolt.
The American Fred kerlei (9.84) and the Canadian Andre de Grasse (9.89) completed the podium ahead of the South African Akani Simbine (9.93), the American Ronnie baker (9.95), Chinese Your Bingtian (9.98) and the Nigerian Enoch Adegoke, which did not end.
The feat of Jacobs was considered in Italy as the highest moment in the sports history of the country, which traditionally used to suffer a lot to succeed in athletics, particularly in speed events.
From an American father and an Italian mother, Jacobs born in Texas, but he lived almost all of his life in Italy, first in Desenzano sul Garda (north) and then on Rome (center), where he currently trains.