December 1, 2021

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Athletics Canada does not support Charles Filibert-Tibotat | Olympic Games

Athletics Canada does not support Charles Filibert-Tibotat |  Olympic Games

Athletics Canada on Friday released a list of athletes who will be part of the Canadian Athlete Performance Pathway (CMYP), an event that will allow them to obtain their certification from Sports Canada. It is impossible to get financing without him Approximately $ 30,000, net tax, Which comes with a patent, explained Charles Filibert-Tibbottat, who moved into his home in Quebec.

Five athletes have been selected in the development section of CMYP (Aaron Ahl, Cameron Prosciutto, Charlie Donat, Kevin Robertson, William Paulson), but none have been classified as seniors on the Athletics Canada list.

Charles Filibert-Tibbottat stated that none of the athletes qualified for the World Championships. I walked 3:34 this year [3 min 34 s 43/100, le 25 juillet 2021, NDLR]. There was another athlete who scored 3:35 not far from me. And the other three walked 3:37 or slower. This summer, I ran eight times within 3:37. None of these athletes beat me one on one.

Charles Filibert-Tiboutot

Photo: Bernard Bralt / Athletics Canada / Bernard Bralt / Athletics Canada

Justin Knight, the only runner in the country to be faster than him in the 1,500 meters this year, is the 5,000 meter specialist (7th in the Olympics) and did not run the distance in Tokyo. It was a 5000m runner who got his place in the cMYP.

Specialist at a distance of 1,500 meters at this distance in the country, Charles Filibert-Tibbottat has been neglected for runners younger than him and has not yet reached his level of performance on the track.

I, in my 30s, am a veteran. They are between 20 and 28 years old, he continues. However, PPAC seeks to find out who are the top 8 athletes in the world at the World Championships or the Olympics. Their standards say that there are all kinds of statistics, results, usable statistics, but there is also a subjective aspect. But because they put the line of “subjectivity” in their choice criteria, they have the discretion to do what they want.

Three weeks ago, the Federation informed the athletes whether they would be part of the cMYP for next season.

As long as we make a choice, Athletics Canada will give us reasons. Once I see the roster, I can recognize many of the athletes on the roster as if they were in the same boat. Like me they told me: You did not make personal best runs [dans la distance] When you went to the Olympics this year and last time, you were not a finalist.

The reasons why we were not selected were put forward to us, but we realized that these criteria were not followed for other athletes. We realize that it is clear that there is a lack of consistency between what can stand in favor of an athlete and what can stand against them.

A quote from:Charles Filibert-Tiboutot

Charles Filibert-Thibaut decided to appeal his case. He has two weeks to prepare, in full, to file. My call is almost 16 pages long, He explains soberly.

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But on Friday, after a week-long process, the commissioner did not overturn Athletics Canada’s decision.

Although I’ve proven that my numbers are one day higher in the World Top 8 than many other athletes in the program, the commissioner said, “No matter how many numbers you bring in, Athletics Canada is still there. They can use their own standards and they still deserve it.”

The response I received on my appeal was that each athlete is evaluated individually and that does not happen compared to others, he said. Therefore, it is not legal for me to compare myself with other athletes in the program. I feel a little misguided. There are still a limited number of resources compared to funding.

Athletics are still black and white. These are numbers, statistics. Why can’t I compare myself with them?

A quote from:Charles Filibert-Tiboutot

However, he will not take his case to the Sports Dispute Resolution Center (SDRCC) in Canada, which may hear a new appeal from the athlete.

The Director of High Performance in Athletics Canada is very good at what he does, so he is also very good at preparing his documents. His documents are protected and if there is really no bias or error, you have no chance of winning your appeal, admitted Charles Filibert-Thibaut. I can pull out 30 pages of statistics to prove that I belong, they have discretion and it is stated in the standard. So unfortunately I can’t dispute it.

Away to stay at the end of the roll

Although he missed the Tokyo games By not achieving the Olympic standard on time In his favorite discipline, particularly due to Achilles tendon injury, Charles Filibert-Tibbottat stated that he had his best season on the track with personal bests over 1500m: 1000m, mile, 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m.

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And fortunately after three weeks 1500 m in 3 minutes 35 seconds. Because of this performance he had already qualified for the World Athletics Championships in 2022 and designed his preparation to reach his best performance at that time, which, according to him, was an advantage over other Canadian athletes.

That means they have to hunt for the switchboard. They cannot plan their peak season in the worlds. They try to do this before they get their best time. They have to run less than 3:35:00 to get to the worlds, it sucks, He stressed.

Charles Filibert-Thibaut also considers himself lucky in the circumstances. With the support of many sponsors, he is able to continue his training as a mate aspiring athlete without having to worry about retiring at the age of 30 due to financial stress.

But it’s not really the athletes who have the strongest monetary sponsors in Canada., Athletics is in a hurry to highlight the person who represents the athlete in Canada.

Right now, I can continue training, but it’s a lifestyle where the balance is zero. I can not save money, I can not put money in RRSP. The rope is tight. There are a lot of athletes in my situation who have had their best time this year, but they are a little older and stressed out for subjective reasons. These athletes who do not have the luck or private partners that I have, they ask themselves if they can continue and if they have the finances to continue.

The situation he is facing is not new, said Charles Filibert-Tibotot. At the beginning of his senior career, when Nathan Brennan, almost a dozen, was the nation’s top runner at a distance, he finished first in the program at 23rd.

Charles Filibert-Thibaut in the 1500m at the NACAC Championships

Charles Filibert-Thibaut in the 1500m at the NACAC Championships

Photo: The Canadian Press / Chris Young

I have never beaten him in my life and he hit me every time we ran against each other, He recalled. I was glad I had the support, but I realized how meaningless it was. Things have not changed.

Charles Filibert-Tibbott confirms that famous runners like him have a key position in the sports pyramid.

One of the reasons I stay well and reach my level is that a guy like Nat Brannen is raising a bar in my country. Right now, what Athletics Canada is doing is discontinuing the support of all of us veterans who are competing at a very high level and raising and raising the level of competition at the domestic level.

For many of us – if not for my financial partners – the door to it must be shown: we no longer think you are good. You have to stop. But what happens when there is a performance gap between Andre de Grosse and the developing, and there is nothing in between?

I’m basically against it and it’s not yesterday and it’s not right because I did not think my funds would do so this year, He concluded.

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Charles Filibert-Tibotot does not stop running. After a two-week break in September, he has already returned to fall training. Without harsh feelings. He does not like to rush to lie to his confederation.

I run best when I don’t have any negative energy. I, am trying to prove that I am worth something, is a popular C expressionHip on my shoulderIf I had trained and competed with it, I would not have performed better in these situations.

At the end of the day, even if your federation has a little shovel to say – “you never thought you were going to do this” – I have to ignore it in training and competition to the best of my ability.

And perhaps, if he runs to his best, Charles Filibert-Tibout will force the hand of the Athletics Canada referees next year, after successfully completing the 1500m of his life in the world final. Find him too big to support financially.