Athletics riot in Tokyo: fierce Dutch protest because of matted America

In his counterattack, Roskam has the support of almost all other countries that participate in the final of this new athletics component, which will be run at 2.35 pm Dutch time. The jury’s final decision will most likely only become clear after the race. It is therefore possible that the result of the final is not yet the final one.

“We have filed a protest and are looking at some other options,” Roskam said. “The substantiation of the decision taken at two o’clock last night is wafer-thin and actually based on nothing. USA simply didn’t follow the rules by switching outside the box.”

“We have filed a protest and are looking at some other options,” said Ad Roskam.

The Americans claim that the second runner stepped in the wrong place at the direction of an official. That is why it was written in last night’s decision that a final spot for the American team is the best solution. ,,That’s not based on regulations”, says Roskam. ,,If an athlete of ours comes fourth, we think it’s the best solution that he is put in first place. But that’s not how it works.”

In and around the Tokyo Olympic Stadium it is now whispered that it concerns class justice. The American athletics directors would usually get a lot more done than representatives of smaller federations.

Lieke Klaver, Lisanne de Witte, Jochem Dobber and Ramsey Angela are participating on behalf of the Netherlands.

Lieke Klaver, Lisanne de Witte, Jochem Dobber and Ramsey Angela are participating on behalf of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands qualified for the final on Friday with a new national record, does not qualify as the big favorite but could – if all goes well – win a medal. Whether or not the strong America participates is therefore not unimportant for the Dutch foursome.

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