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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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Sep 28 2014 6:26pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Just a week removed from one of the most embarrassing defeats in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went into a hostile road environment to steal a dramatic victory, taking down the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 at Heinz Field. Starting for an injured Josh McCown, Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon threw for 302 yards—245 of them in the second half—and a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner to Vincent Jackson with just seven seconds remaining in the game ...
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Better start for the Bucs this week

Sep 28 2014 12:13pm CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

When last we saw the Buccaneers, they spotted the Falcons a 56-0 lead before they were able to score. Things are going a lot better this week. The Bucs sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on consecutive plays on the first Pittsburgh drive and defensive end Michael Johnson forced a fumble on the second one. Ja ...
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Bucs-Steelers Inactives: Johnson Cleared

Sep 28 2014 10:17am CDT | Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DE Michael Johnson, the lone “questionable” player on Tampa Bay’s Friday injury report, will suit up and start Sunday in Pittsburgh...The Steelers declared starting LG Ramon Fos ...
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Bucs-Steelers Inactives: Johnson Cleared

Sep 28 2014 10:17am CDT | Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DE Michael Johnson, the lone “questionable” player on Tampa Bay’s Friday injury report, will suit up and start Sunday in Pittsburgh...The Steelers declared star ...
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Twitter reacts to Donald Cerrone’s UFC 178 victory over Eddie Alvarez

Sep 28 2014 1:25am CDT | Source: MMAjunkie

Donald Cerrone’s fourth victory of 2014 was his most significant thus far as he spoiled Eddie Alvarez’s highly anticipated octagon debut in the UFC 178 co-main event from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Cerrone (25-6 MMA, 12-3 UFC) outpointed Alvarez (25-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) over three rounds for a unanimous decision win in the lightweight contender bout to improve his UFC winning streak to five consecutive fights. “Cowboy” is in the midst of ...
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Healthier Bucs Seek Physical Play

Sep 26 2014 4:40pm CDT | Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are likely to get Gerald McCoy, Doug Martin and Austin Seferian-Jenkins back Sunday, and perhaps DE Michael Johnson, and they need a full roster to match the Steelers' ...
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Healthier Bucs Seek Physical Play

Sep 26 2014 4:40pm CDT | Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Sep 24 2014 10:35pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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