Doubts raised by Gatlin deal

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BRITISH Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener has condemned the decision of US sportswear giant Nike to hand a new sponsorship deal to controversial United States sprinter Justin Gatlin.

Gatlin dominated the 100m and 200m last year but remains a contentious figure having served two doping bans, including a four-year suspension between 2006 and 2010.

The 33-year-old American was previously sponsored by Nike but has been wearing Chinese firm Xtep’s kit since 2012.

Gardener said: “Nothing surprises me but this is another bad message being sent out by our sport.”