Olli Hoare is training in the US with ON running Athletics Club under Coach Dathan Ritzenhein. Last Saturday, Olli won the 1,500m in 3:32.35, setting an Australian indoor record, and making the Aussie Olympic qualifying standards. Issue is this: Athletics Australia is an absolute clusterf#ck. This is nothing new. Athletics Australia has damaged its own athletes chances at competing over the years. They just do not get it. They are there to help the athletes, yet, they do not seem to comprehend.
Perhaps they can come to their senses. We can only hope. Olli Hoare is a wildly talented athlete and he has the ability to race, and compete.
We hope Athletics Australia can see this…stay tuned.
Hoare with tough situation
MELBOURNE (AUS): New Australian sensation in the 1500 m Oliver Hoare, hails from Caringbah in the Shire, in New York the 24-year-old’s time was an Australian indoor record for the 1500m and the sixth fastest in history. But Hoare, like other star Australian athletes competing abroad at the moment, could miss out on competing at Tokyo because of a grey area by-law within the rules of Athletics Australia (AA). Preference in making the Australian Team for track and field, is given, irrespective of performance, to those who qualify for the Olympics while competing at the upcoming Australian Track and Field Titles in April. “Oli doesn’t, and either do the other boys I’m sure, want to ruffle any feathers at Athletics Australia whatsoever,” his father Greg said. “But the reality is, he just cannot get back to run at the nationals in distance events which require so much aerobic training and go through quarantine in a tiny hotel room for 2 weeks, then be expected to race and run world class times. It isn’t humanly possible.” Writes dailytelegraph.com.au.