BBC BLOGS - Sport Editors
« Previous | Main | Next »

Where do you stand on Linford Christie?

Post categories:

Richard Burgess | 13:33 UK time, Thursday, 7 September 2006

When Paula Radcliffe questioned the decision to appoint Linford Christie as a mentor to Britain's young athletes, it was always going to stir up a debate within sport.
Thursday's Five Live Sport examines Christie's new job and whether he is a suitable role model ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.
Our reporter, Arlo White, speaks to athletes, administrators and those closely involved with Christie's failed drugs test in 1999.

Ultimately, Christie is a man who divides opinion within athletics and sport.
Many will remember his on-air spat with Sebastian Coe on Five Live, when Christie actually rang in to berate the man who later would mastermind our bid for the Olympics.
Christie has certainly made enemies in the media down the years, but he is idolised by many within the sport - by athletes such as Darren Campbell.
Remember, there was a time when he was World, Olympic, European and Commonwealth Champion - and BBC Sport Personality of the Year (1993).
What would we give for a British sportsman of that standing nowadays?
However, he did fail a drugs test and in our programme Daley Thompson, among others, question whether he should be used as a role model for "drug-free sport."
Another contributor, Michelle Verroken, the former head of anti-doping at UK Sport, raises the prospect of one of the young athletes mentored by Christie failing a drugs test. "It would be chaos," she tells us.
There's no easy answers to the question of Linford Christie - but it is an issue which I suspect will continue to rouse debate throughout sport.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.