Adam Gemili lashes out at American trainer Rana Reider’s “relentlessly bad press”… as the British sprinter’s difficult year continues after finishing fourth with the slowest time of the season in the World Championship race in Oregon
- Adam Gemili finished fourth in his run at the World Championships in Oregon
- Sprinter hit out at “relentless bad press” around his coach Rana Reider
- American Reider is under investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct
- Gemili said more needs to be done to protect athletes’ welfare
This was a difficult year for Adam Gemili and when the British sprinter settled into his blocks at the World Championships Oregon He clearly carried the weight of what he described as “relentless bad press” about his coach Rana Reider.
Gemili fell after finishing fourth in his 200m dash in 20.60 seconds – his slowest time of the season – and after that he lashed out at reporting from Reider, his 52-year-old American trainer, who is under investigation by the US becomes Center for SafeSport over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Reider was not accredited for those championships and last November British athletes were told to “disconnect from him” or they would lose their funding.
British sprinter Adam Gemili finished fourth in his 200m dash at the World Championships
His trainer Rana Reider is being investigated for multiple allegations of sexual misconduct
British sprinter Daryll Neita then decided to leave his training squad, but Gemili and Laviai Nielsen chose to stay, resulting in their removal from UK Athletics’ World Class Programme.
Reider is said to have had an affair with an 18-year-old British athlete in 2014 while he was leading sprints and relays at UK Athletics.
Following a series of alleged incidents at the World Junior Championships in July of the same year, concerns were raised with the governing body when several members of the UK delegation were alarmed to learn that the teenage athlete in question was reportedly visiting the then 44-year-old’s room at the team hotel for treatments.
On Monday, Gemili admitted his coach’s coverage had taken a huge toll both on and off the track. “I took a beating and it shows,” the 28-year-old told the BBC.
He ran his slowest time of the season in the heat, finishing the race as a walker in 20.60 seconds
“There was a lot of bad press surrounding my setup and me and it was unrelenting. There was something every week and it just took its toll.
Reider, who runs Florida’s Tumbleweed Track Club, denies any wrongdoing and his attorney Ryan Stevens said the allegations are “unverified” and “unproven”. The coach was cautioned by Eugene police on Saturday after being spotted in the warm-up area, but a day later he was spotted training from outside the venue.
Gemili, who is also part of Britain’s 4 x 100m squad later this week, called for better protection for athletes in situations like the one he has faced this year. “We need to do more to protect the welfare of athletes.
Gemili said that after what he witnessed, more needs to be done to protect athletes’ welfare
“To be honest, it’s the press. It was really tough. “I’m old enough now that I should be able to separate it, but I’ve never been exposed to so much press. I’m just a regular guy. I’m not a superstar. I want to run fast every day and enjoy sports and make people happy.”
Gemili later apologized on Twitter for his remarks in the mixed zone. “There’s no excuse other than that I wasn’t good enough. The fault is mine,” he wrote. “I shouldn’t have made any comments about the press either when I was being interviewed.
“I understand they have a job to do, but it was just a lot to get done and I hope you can understand that.”