Sport Olympics ‘Beaten’ by a known drug cheat, but no medals now or ever for Raelene Boyle
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‘Beaten’ by a known drug cheat, but no medals now or ever for Raelene Boyle

The drug-bulked mass of East Germany's Renate Stecher towers over Raelene Boyle in 1972. Photo: AP
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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has seemingly shut the door on Raelene Boyle ever receiving gold medals from the 1972 Olympics, leaving the Australian sprint great disillusioned.

Boyle was beaten into second in the 100 and 200-metres in Munich by East Germany’s Renate Stecher, who was subsequently found to have used performance enhancing drugs.

After receiving an Australian Olympic Committee Order of Merit award in Sydney on Saturday, Boyle asked the IOC and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) to revisit of issue of East Germany’s systemic doping of elite athletes.

Boyle argued she – and other athletes beaten by drugs cheats – should receive the medals they earned.

“There’s more people out there who really deserve medals they didn’t get. We have a lot in this country – forget me, it’s not me I’m talking for,” she said during her acceptance speech.

Bach, who attended the AGM, said Boyle would not get two golds retrospectively.

“The decision was taken that there is statute of limitations which I must say unfortunately prevents the IOC from making any corrections in this respect,” he said, an explanation which didn’t wash with Boyle.

“It’s an ‘out’,” she old AAP in reference to the time factor, “and it’s what I expect.”.

Bach was also challenged by another feisty Australian female athlete when Rio 2016 boxer Shelley Watts argued for more women’s divisions at the Olympics.

There were three women’s divisions in Brazil, compared to 10 for men.

“We will insist on the principle of gender equality for boxing to whoever organises the Olympic competition,” Bach said.

He also reiterated his message for Queenslanders and Australians to get behind a proposed bid from south-east Queensland to host the 2032 Olympics.

“What our experts have seen is pretty impressive with regards to the feasibility study,” he said.

“There would be no need to have any infrastructure being built for the purpose of the Games, and this would lead to a pretty strong candidature.

“The first stage is for the Australians and Queenslanders to say ‘Yes we want to be host to the entire world’.”

-AAP

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