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Last Updated: Friday, 14 October 2005, 09:01 GMT 10:01 UK
Christie hits out at Olympic snub
Linford Christie
Christie won Olympic 100m gold in 1992
Former Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie has attacked organisers of the London Olympics for not involving him.

Christie, who has a long-running feud with London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe, has played no part in the bid.

Christie said: "There's got to be a role for me. Sally Gunnell and I are the only British athletes to have won everything you can win in our sport.

"You can't stage the Games in London in 2012 without people like myself involved. It's ludicrous."

Christie fell out with Coe in a series of media exchanges four years ago.

After Christie was reported as saying that athletics was "corrupt", his former Great Britain team-mate Coe accused Christie of "boorish" behaviour during his time as GB team captain.

Coe then said of Christie: "I sat in one team meeting when he made himself deliberately unintelligible to all but those who had a passing knowledge of jive."

With my experience I have a lot to offer
Linford Christie

Christie told the BBC at the time: "I took that as a racial connotation, to be honest with you."

Christie, now a successful coach, said he would like to be involved as a coach and mentor to young athletes.

"Whatever personal feelings there are shouldn't get in the way of putting out the best athletes we can," he told the BBC Radio Five Live.

"I coached Darren Campbell and Katharine Merry to Olympic silver and bronze. If my work doesn't speak for me, nothing will.

"With my experience I have a lot to offer, but I'm not a tie guy.

"I don't want to be up there with all the suits, eating food and not doing any good.

"As a coach I'm in the warm-up area, and that's what I'm about - a coach and mentor.

"I can go out there and reach the potential athletes who are going to make those Games."

Christie is already acting as mentor to British sprinting prodigy Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, who this summer became the first-ever athlete to claim the 100m and 200m titles at the World Youth Games.

BBC Five Live understands that the London 2012 committee has not ruled out using currently-uninvolved athletes in other roles in the future.




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