Saturday 01, Jan 2011
Liza Hunter-Galvan, the double Olympian, would not make an effort for the London Olympics despite an international court ruling clearing the way for those who have served doping bans.
“I’m not sure if I have good or bad feelings about the ruling, because I don’t care any more,” the marathon runner said.
The 42-year-old won the Christchurch Marathon in June after a two-year ban for taking the blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) in 2009 but suspects she would not be welcome if she did qualify.
“In a nutshell how do you chase a spot that isn’t there?” Hunter-Galvan said. “Whether the ban was lifted or not I realise that the biggest hurdle I face is not my age, desire, commitment, injuries, qualifying standard, financial burden, or [the] poor choice I made. Rather it lies in being accepted.
“I have no interest in going through another legal battle, they take a toll on your soul,” the runner said, a reference to the Beijing Olympics where she placed 35th after appealing her earlier non-selection to the Sports Tribunal.
The double Olympian is the only New Zealander to have tested positive to EPO that is abused in sport for stimulating the production of red blood cells that boosts the amount of oxygen delivered to the muscles.