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Justin Gatlin pulls out of Athletics World Cup

British Athletics will be spared the embarrassment of Justin Gatlin racing at its inaugural Athletics World Cup in London next month – but the event has been hit by further indifference from athletes in the US.

Sportsmail revealed in May that the new meet at the London Stadium on July 14-15 was suffering a headache with major doubts over the participation of bigger name athletes, including US sprinter Christian Coleman.

That situation has now been heightened with almost half of the USA’s eligible gold medallists from non-relay events at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 world championships ruling themselves out of selection by skipping their national outdoors championships, which start on Thursday in Iowa.

The list of absentees includes Torie Bowie, the 100m world champion, and 2017 100m world gold medallist Gatlin, as well as Allyson Felix, LaShawn Merritt, Brianna Rollins-McNeal, Kerron Clement, Dalilah Muhammad, Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta, who are all either reigning world or Olympic champions.

A spokesperson for USA Track and Field confirmed to Sportsmail that their absence from the national championships would prevent them from being selected. Coleman, the fastest man in the world last year, is also confirmed as absent.

In the cases of Merritt, Gatlin and Rollins-McNeal, who have each previously served drugs bans, it avoids any awkwardness for the British Athletics, which launched the World Cup but has no hand in the selections of the other seven nations taking part.

They have previously snubbed Gatlin for invitations to their events on the grounds of not wanting athletes who ‘bring the sport into disrepute’.

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Paula Radcliffe linked to shamed track spin doctor Nick Davies

Paula Radcliffe has made the curious decision to join a PR company that uses sacked former IAAF communications chief Nick Davies.

Last year Davies was fired after 24 years at the world governing body of athletics for lying to investigators about receiving secret payments totalling €30,000 from the disgraced former IAAF marketing executive Papa Massata Diack.

But Radcliffe, who serves as vice-chair of the IAAF athletes commission, has become the first major client of the new sports division at London-based Pagefield PR.

On Wednesday, Pagefield partner Liam Parker said Davies works only on a consultancy basis for the firm, principally using his extensive contacts book to help them acquire new clients.

Both Parker and Radcliffe confirmed that Davies had introduced the former marathon star and BBC pundit to the company.

Sportsmail has, however, seen one email – sent by another external consultant on behalf of Pagefield – which states that the ‘newly-formed sports division’ of the agency is ‘headed up by former IAAF communications director Nick Davies’.

Davies was sacked from the IAAF for lying to investigators about receiving secret payments

Parker insisted that is not the case and that he heads the sports division, which also lists Dina Asher-Smith as a client. He said Davies does not work on Radcliffe’s or any other account. He was also keen to stress that Davies was cleared of corruption, was not banned from working in athletics and insisted he ‘deserves a second chance’.

Davies was cleared of corruption after he was suspended by the IAAF in June 2016 following allegations that he was one of three officials who took money to delay naming Russian drug cheats ahead of the World Championships in Moscow in 2013.

But he was fired. Having initially denied it to the IAAF ethics board, Davies eventually admitted receiving payments of €25,000 and then €5,000 in cash from Papa Diack, the son of similarly disgraced former IAAF president Lamine Diack, in envelopes.

Radcliffe insists she is ‘really happy’ with Pagefield and doesn’t see what the issue is

On Wednesday night Radcliffe said she was ‘really happy’ with Pagefield. ‘I don’t see what the issue is,’ she said. ‘Nick is a genuinely decent guy who made a mistake. He’s admitted it, paid for it and I don’t think he should have to pay for it for the rest of his life.’

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