Monday 20 November 2017

Sinead Kissane: Athlone IT's invite to Asafa Powell invite sends out wrong message

Was it really too much to ask for Athlone IT to restrict Grand Prix guest-list to athletes with clean history?

Asafa Powell, from Jamaica, who will be competing in the men's 60m, during the sold-out second AIT International Arena Grand Prix
Asafa Powell, from Jamaica, who will be competing in the men's 60m, during the sold-out second AIT International Arena Grand Prix
Sinead Kissane

Sinead Kissane

The embarrassing/entertaining rant of the week was brought to you courtesy of Mo Farah this week. The Olympic champion showed that his own arrogance can also run, but it can't hide as he got involved in a petty war of words on Twitter with his Great Britain team-mate Andy Vernon.

Unlike Farah, Vernon isn't a household name. Or to use that warped currency of popularity, Farah has 1.1m followers on Twitter while Vernon has less than 7,000.

Forget ridiculous selfies or other versions of self-promotion, Twitter was surely made for conversations like this one between Farah and Vernon. If you haven't seen it, a synopsis is that Vernon started the slagging by calling the line-up that Farah will face in his first race of the Indoor season today a "#joke".

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