British sprinter Bianca Williams accused Scotland Yard of racial bias after being stopped in London for routine checkups in Maida Vale this weekend. . Gold medalist in the 4x100 relay at the Commonwealth and European games, the 26-years-old Williams was with her partner, the Portuguese Ricardo dos Santos, and their three-month-old son, when she was stopped by police officers.
The images of the catch, published online by their coach, Barcelona '92 Olympic champion Linford Christie, quickly went viral on the net. Williams said: "It is always the same with Ricardo. They think he is driving a stolen car or that he smoked cannabis.
And they think it is suspicious that a black person drives a beautiful car in certain areas: at least he must be part of it of a gang. It is racist prejudice, the way they talk to him, as if it were scum. It is shocking, disgusting to look at."
Scotland Yard said cops had stopped a vehicle a vehicle with blacked out windows that was driving suspiciously, including driving on the wrong side of the road, and which failed to stop when asked and made off at speed.
Ms Williams has refuted the suggestion that they were on the wrong side of the road, and the couple is now planning legal action. The clip shared by Mr Christie appeared to show two people, a man and a woman, being pulled out of a car.
The woman, Ms Williams says he didn’t do anything” and officers can later be heard telling the woman to calm down after she worries about her son remaining in the car. Former Olympic 100-metre champion Mr Christie said: “Can Cressida Dick or anyone else please explain to me what justification the Met Police officers had in assaulting the driver, taking a mother away from her baby all without one piece of PPE and then calling the sniffer dog unit to check the car over”.
UN defends the rights and equality of athletes
All this going on while UN defends the rights and equality of athletes. Re-evaluate, revise and revoke eligibility rules that have a negative impact on athletes' rights.
This is the invitation to sports organizations from the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, conducted by the former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet. The study refers to the controversial case of Caster Semenya, two-times Olympic champion and three-times world champion of the 800 meters of track and field, who since last year, as per the judgment of the Arbitral Tribunal of Sport in Lausanne, cannot participate in women's competitions between 400 and 1500 meters unless you take dmedicines that reduce testosterone, or undergo a gonadectomy.
The 29 year-sold South African middle distance runner is currently awaiting the outcome of the appeal presented to the Swiss Federal Court. The UN report puts pressure on states so that sports governing bodies should re-evaluate, revise and revoke eligibility rules and regulations that have adverse effects on athletes' rights, including those that target athletes with variations.
Semenya, thanking the UN High Commissioner, commented on the news: "For too long the people who control the sport have looked at the other way, ignoring our rights but I want to assure them: we will not be silenced and we will not disappear."