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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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UFC Fight Night 59: Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury on tap for Jan. 18 on FOX Sports 1

Oct 29 2014 1:47pm CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

Coulda been a contenda. It's time to figure out who is the contender and who is the pretender when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight "Cowboy" Donald Cerrone battles undefeated 155-pound sensation Myles Jury on the UFC Fight Night 59 main card, recently made official for the TD Garden in Boston, Mass., on Jan. 18, 2015. FOX Sports confirmed the booking on Wednesday. Cerrone (25-6. 1 NC) is riding a torrid five-fight win ...
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UFC rankings updated after UFC 179: Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes stand fast, Phil Davis sends Glover Teixeira packing

Oct 27 2014 5:00pm CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

Jose Aldo's impressive win -- which marked his 18th in a row including nine title defenses -- still wasn't good enough to overtake Jon Jones as the pound-for-pound best. The official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rankings have been updated following the UFC 179: "Aldo vs. Mendes 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place last Sat. night (Oct. 25, 2014) inside Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Br ...
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