After controversy on ius soli sporty relaunched by the president of Coni, Giovanni Malagò, Matteo Salvini he decided to stick up for the victory of Marcell Jacobs at Tokyo 2020 Olympics by the suspicions raised by the US and British media.
“The Washington Post and the Times cast suspicions of doping towards our sample Marcell Jacobs“, Wrote the leader of the League on social media, taking the sides of the Italian gold medal in the 100-meter race, a feat celebrated all over the world. “Squalid: in life you have to know how to lose, get over it“.
The Washington Post had defined Jacobs, “An unknown Italian born in Texas, with broad shoulders and a shaved head, who shocked the world”, then questioning the genuineness of the runner’s victory and, without ever naming it explicitly, evoking the ghost of the doping.
“It’s not the fault of Jacobs if the history of athletics suggests sudden and immense improvements. The annals of sport are littered with surprise champions who later turned out to be scammers ”, reads the columns of the US newspaper. “It would be unfair to accuse Jacobs“, But” it would be wrong not to recognize the context of your business. Jacobs deserves the benefit of the doubt, but his sport doesn’t ”.
Up Twitter instead, English Matt Lawton, corresponding for the Times at Tokyo Olympics, commented: “The new 100-meter Olympic champion, Marcell Jacobs, dropped below 10 seconds for the first time in May. He came here, ran 9 ”84 in the semifinals and 9” 80 to win. Ah well”.
In the evening then, the secretary of Carroccio spoke again on the controversy with Malagò about it ius soli sporty. “Malagò he called me and told me he was angry with the bureaucracy, ”he said Salvini to the transmission Countercurrent on Rete 4, claiming to have explained to the president of the Cones that “already today, at the age of 18, anyone can apply for and obtain the citizenship“.
“It’s definitely not about Marcell Jacobs, that he is Italian: more Italian than many Italians“, Added the Northern League leader. “The ius soli with the medals won yesterday has nothing to do with it and I remember that Italy – with current laws – is the European country that has granted the largest number of citizenships to foreigners”.