Izmir Smajlaj, Europe’s Albanian champion in long jump, has issued a public reaction about the penalization of Albanian sportsmen in cases when they are caught using illicit substances. “Another case of doping in sport and regret for the wrong choice made by a sportsman!
On my behalf, in the name of passion for sport, sacrifice of hundreds of Albanian sportsmen who created the reference system of the best sport values which can only be achieved through talent, training and will, I distance myself from any disappointing act of the use of substances with the aim of succeeding in sport”, Smalaj says. His declaration was interpreted as a reaction against RomelaBegaj, but the European champion told Albanian Free Press that: “It was not aimed at Romela, but at sport, which must be cleaner. I’m very sorry about Romela, but I am not accusing her”, Smalaj says.