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Van Commenee: I did not call Ennis fat
Head coach Charles van Commenee has flatly denied being the "senior figure" in UK Athletics who reportedly called Jessica Ennis fat.
Ennis's coach Toni Minichiello claimed in an interview that Ennis had been described by the unnamed person as fat and carrying too much weight. Van Commenee's outspoken style meant he was quickly thought of as the most likely culprit, but the Dutchman has "guaranteed" that is not the case.
Asked about the situation at the Rome Diamond League meeting, Van Commenee said: "I find it strange."
He added: "I understand the concern that has been revealed almost across the nation because there are some young people who may read things into that which may jeopardise their health. So I can see that context.
"I was surprised to read it because it hasn't been brought to my attention before. I can imagine that people think there can be only one person who can fire those 'silver bullets' as they were described and that fits my profile.
"But I can guarantee you that is not the case. I have never called Jessica Ennis fat simply because there is no reason for it. What other people may have said, I have no clue.
"I spoke to Jessica about this situation. She is totally all right with it. As we know she performed outstandingly (breaking the British record in Gotzis in the days after the story broke).
"For her there is no issue, for me there is no issue."
While Ennis did indeed laugh off the story, it prompted other female athletes to reveal that such comments were not unique.
"If that's true then that is a concern, but I don't think it's the reality," Van Commenee added.