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Ben Johnson on drug-free sport: ‘If anything, the problem has worsened’


 

From this week’s Newsmakers:

It was 25 years ago in Seoul that Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won Olympic gold in the 100-m only to lose the medal and his reputation when he was found to be loaded with steroids.

In New York last week he spoke about the continuing problem of doping among elite athletes, the New York Times reports. “I’m a small part of a problem,” he said, while sitting beside former baseball star José Canseco, another admitted drug cheat.

“I’m sorry to say that the drugs overshadowed my great ability that God gifted me,” Johnson said in an event sponsored by Skins, a compression clothing company that campaigns for drug-free sport. That goal is a long ways off. If anything, the problem
has worsened, Johnson said.

“Just because an athlete didn’t test positive doesn’t mean they’re clean.”

Life goes on, the former sprinter said. “We’re only human. We make mistakes and try and move forward and try to change the way people think or feel about what we have done.”


 
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Ben Johnson on drug-free sport: ‘If anything, the problem has worsened’

  1. Ben Johnson is still the Gold metal winner at the 1988 olympics in my mind. Everyone else in that race were as guilty as he was and that includes Carl Lewis. The American team planted a man inside the testing room who spiked Bens beer, thats the only reason he got caught and the rest got away with it

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