To allow Kim Collins to compete at the World Athletics Championships

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To allow Kim Collins to compete at the World Athletics Championships

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Let Kim Run started this petition to IAAF (IAAF)

Kim Collins is a legend in track and field world. Unfortunately, last year, at the London Olympics, which was due to be Collins's fifth, The St Kitts & Nevis Amateur Athletics Association (SKNAA) had Collins's accreditation revoked. Collins had left the Olympic village to spend time with his wife due to feeling he wasn't getting the required rest and recuperation in what was a hectic Olympic Village. Since the Olympic Games, SKNAA have refused to communicate with Collins to repair the damage which was done last year. The punishment was clearly unfair and unnecessary for an athlete of Collins's experience and reputation. Collins, being an experienced athlete, was doing what he felt was best having competed in a career which has spanned over nearly 20 years. The SKNAA is refusing to selected Kim Collins despite the massive contribution he has made to his country in the Sport.

The IAAF should allow Kim Collins to compete for the following reasons:

Kim Collins is currently the fastest athlete from St. Kitts & Nevis, this year and of all time, in the 100 meters. He has ran 9.97 seconds which is a Personal Best and National Record.
He has ran under 10 seconds twice this year which no other athlete from his country has done
In winning the 100 meters at the 2003 World Championships, Collins brought positive global attention to his nation; The victory made it the first ever gold medal achieved by an St. Kitts & Nevis (SKN) athlete at the World Championships. Collins had also won the first medal ever for St. Kitts & Nevis at the 2001 World Championships in the 200 meters. He was also their first ever Olympic finalist at the Sydney Olympics and has been the flag bearer at the Olympics three times.
There is a Day in Collins's honour and road named after Kim Collins showing the impact he has made on his nation.
Collins has coached athletes, such as Jason Rodgers, who have gone on to represent SKN and also helped SKN win a relay medal for the first time ever at the World Championships; The relay team also included Collins. This shows he has given back to the sport in another capacity other than competing.
Collins has won five outdoor world championship medals and two world indoor medals, which includes one Gold, despite having slower personal bests than most athletes. This shows that Collins is a positive role model that is always striving to succeed to despite the odds.
Collins has attended four Olympic Games (96,00,04,08) and nine World Championships (95,97,99,01,03,05,07,09,11). The amount of championships Collins has attended shows a high level commitment to the sport.
Collins has never broke the rules of the IAAF, has never been banned and he is one of the most respected athletes in the sport. It is only fair he should get special exemption for his contribution to the sport and his nation.
In 2009, the president of the IAAF, Lamine Diack, held special talks with the Jamaican Athletics Administrive Association (JAAA), to allow the athletes of the Jamaican-Based MVP training group (which includes athletes such as Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce) to be allowed to compete at the Berlin World Championships after being banned for not attending the JAAA's training camp. The athletes were eventually allowed to compete after discussions between the federation and Mr. Diack. (This shows that discussions between the authorities should be at least held)
He has the support of many of his fans and fellow athletes of the sport which this petition will prove.

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