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Athletics will never be drug free, says Michael Johnson

Dec 11 2013, 7:10am CST | by IANS

Doha, Dec 11 (IANS) Athletics will never be free of drug cheats and, without the Olympics, the sport would be dead, American four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson told a packed Doha Goals Forum here Wednesday.

Doha, Dec 11 — Athletics will never be free of drug cheats and, without the Olympics, the sport would be dead, American four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson told a packed Doha Goals Forum here...

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Athletics will never be drug free, says Michael Johnson

Dec 11 2013, 7:10am CST | by IANS

Doha, Dec 11 (IANS) Athletics will never be free of drug cheats and, without the Olympics, the sport would be dead, American four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson told a packed Doha Goals Forum here Wednesday.

Doha, Dec 11 — Athletics will never be free of drug cheats and, without the Olympics, the sport would be dead, American four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson told a packed Doha Goals Forum here Wednesday.

"Athletics has a zero tolerance policy with drugs and, in a way, we have kind of suffered because of that," Johnson was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "Since we control it more than most sports, we have more scandals and more people caught.

"Despite that, you are never going to have a situation where no-one cheats - athletics is a microcosm of real life and in real life you will always have people who cheat. It's unrealistic to expect athletics to be a drug free sport. Other sports may have fans that can put up with it but in athletics the fans want to see the Olympians hold true to the Olympic ideals and values."

Praising the role of sprinter Usain Bolt in raising the level of interest in the sport, Johnson said the sport's governing body should work with the Jamaican star to help promote athletics.

"You can't say anything against Usain Bolt in athletics. He is an athletics star but the IAAF doesn't work with him to promote the sport. Knowing him as I do, if they approached him and asked him to work with them to promote athletics - not promote Usain Bolt - I am sure he would be all for it. The IAAF is just riding it at the moment.

"To be honest, if it weren't for the Olympics, athletics would be dead. Off the face of the earth. Even if Usain hadn't come along, nothing would be different as the Olympics still save athletics."

Johnson added: "You can't compare athletics to any team sport. It's the purest form of competition. Everyone loves to see people have a race but we're seeing too much emphasis placed on world records and not on the battle between the athletes.

"We must look closely at the sport and see what it is that people actually want to watch. Do we need the women's discus? A 3,000m and 5,000m steeplechase at the same meeting? Nothing has happened to change the sport in my time. We need to look at a new format, package it better to engage more fans. Other sports have done it to increase their fan base, why can't athletics?

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Tampa 2 Defense Dying a Slow Death as Lovie Smith's Buccaneers Go with It

Oct 14 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith, who earned his big NFL break as Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach, was supposed to return the Bucs to glory. They added key free agents such as cornerback Alterraun Verner and defensive end Michael Johnson, and Smith's former backup quarterback Josh McCown. Smith, fired for missing the playoffs in Chicago, despite winning 10 games, was supposed to have the firepower ...
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Buccaneer Quotes, Oct. 14

Oct 14 2014 10:08pm CDT | Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay is determined to get more out of its pass rush when it returns from the bye week, and free agent prize Michael Johnson is the ...
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Lovie Puts Johnson On Notice

Oct 14 2014 4:09pm CDT | Source: Scout.com

Defensive end Michael Johnson has been unable to live up to the expectations set forth after his offseason signing with the Buccaneers. He has recorded 13 tackles and two sacks this season, both sacks coming in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the numbers are less than impressive, the bigger disappointment came this past ...
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Lovie Smith Puts Michael Johnson On Notice

Oct 14 2014 4:09pm CDT | Source: Scout.com

Defensive end Michael Johnson has been unable to live up to the expectations set forth after his offseason signing with the Buccaneers. He has recorded 13 tackles and two sacks this season, both sacks coming in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the numbers are less than impressive, the bigger disappointment came this past Sunday against the Ba ...
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Love Smith Puts Michael Johnson On Notice

Oct 14 2014 4:09pm CDT | Source: Scout.com

Defensive end Michael Johnson has been unable to live up to the expectations set forth after his offseason signing with the Buccaneers. He has recorded 13 tackles and two sacks this season, both sacks coming in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the numbers are less than impressive, the bigger disappointment cam ...
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Bucs Should Consider Potential Changes After Lovie Smith's Brutal Start

Oct 14 2014 3:27pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a complete and utter disaster.  Six games may be far too early to proclaim a first-year head coach dead in the water, but Lovie Smith's early returns don't provide much hope for Buccaneers fans who already struggled through the tenures of Raheem Morris and Greg Schiano during the past five seasons.  The Glazer family gave Morris three years before he ...
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Little Things Plaguing Bengals Threaten a Potentially Great Season

Oct 14 2014 2:33pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

On paper, the Cincinnati Bengals' season thus far doesn't seem to be going too poorly. They have a 3-1-1 record, and though no longer in the lead in the AFC North, they are still very much in the running. They won their first three games of the season, all convincingly, while being bested by an angry and motivated New England Patriots team in Week 5. They are weathering the storm of injuries to receive ...
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Johnson Needs to Come Up Big

Oct 12 2014 10:05am CDT | Source: Scout.com

When the Bucs went out this off-season and signed defensive end Michael Johnson, the hope was that he and Gerald McCoy would form a force against opposing quarterbacks. Johnson could come u ...
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USA sprint star Michael Johnson: I can improve speed of Man Utd's Rooney

Oct 7 2014 4:09am CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

USA sprint star Michael Johnson believes he can improve Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney's leg speed. NO, This article does not meet Newsnow ...
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Latest UFC rankings update: Rick Story storms his way onto welterweight list after stunning Gunnar Nelson in Stockholm

Oct 6 2014 8:00pm CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

And Rory MacDonald held on to his No. 2 spot at in the 170-pound weight class after knocking out Tarec Saffiedine in Canada. The official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rankings have been updated following the UFC Fight Night 53 event in Stockholm, Sweden, and UFC Fight Night 54 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, both of which took place this past weekend (Sat., Oct. 4, 2014). To check out complete results for each show click here and here. Rory MacDonald so ...
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