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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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Following Eddie Alvarez Signing, Whom Should Bobby Green Be Matched Up With?

Aug 20 2014 9:47pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Understandably, most were excited about the news that Eddie Alvarez had signed with the UFC and will meet Donald Cerrone at UFC 178 on September 27, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com. Lightweight contender Bobby Green probably wasn't among those pleased, though. With Alvarez being paired up against Cerrone, Green is left without a scheduled bout. Green was originally booked to meet Jorge Masvidal at UFC 178, but he later had his adv ...
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Buccaneer Quotes: August 20

Aug 20 2014 6:15pm CDT | Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed highly-coveted pass-rusher Michael Johnson in free agency in March, they moved Johnson into the starting right defensive end position ...
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UFC Fight Night Bader vs. St. Preux results: Fights to make for main card fighters

Aug 17 2014 4:30pm CDT | Source: Bloody Elbow

Bloody Elbow's Mookie Alexander does some fantasy matchmaking in the aftermath of UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux from Bangor, Maine. Prior obligations prevented me from watching UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux live, but I didn't lose any sleep over it because I thought that this card had high potential to be a stinker. Turns out that was an incorrect prediction, as all of the main card bouts ended in a f ...
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Next matches to make for UFC Fight Night 47 winners in Bangor

Aug 17 2014 3:00pm CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

What could be next for Ryan Bader, Ross Pearson, Tim Boetsch, Alan Jouban, Shawn Jordan, and Thiago Tavares after their main card victories this past weekend (Sat., Aug. 16, 2014) at UFC Fight Night 47: “Bader vs. St. Preux” in Bangor, Maine? We try to match them up accordingly below. Time to match ‘em up. UFC Fight Night 47: "Bader vs. St. Preux" took place this past Sat. night (Aug. 16, 2014) from Cross Insuranc ...
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UFC Fight Night 47 Results: 3 Fights for Ross Pearson to Take Next

Aug 17 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

With a short right hand and some follow-up shots to a collapsed Gray Maynard, Ross Pearson made a bold, violent announcement to the MMA world Saturday night in Maine at UFC Fight Night 47: His time is now; ignore him at your own peril. The Englishman has been puttering about as a fringe contender seemingly since the day he stepped out of the Octagon as an official TUF champion, and now, with a signature win under his belt to wipe away the foul stench of hi ...
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Ross Pearson vs. Gray Maynard: What We Learned from the Lightweight Tilt

Aug 16 2014 11:26pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Bangor, Maine played host to a pair of lightweights looking to rise above the middle of the pack on Saturday night, as UFC Fight Night 47's co-main event saw Ross Pearson stop Gray Maynard in the second round. It was an interesting scrap, one that provided plenty in the way of learning experience for anyone watching.   What We'll Remember About This Fight That it might well have been Gray ...
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Larry English to Buccaneers: Latest Contract Details, Reaction and More

Aug 14 2014 1:50pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement with veteran defender Larry English, who was released by the San Diego Chargers last month. Terms of the deal were not immediately released. Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 passed along word of the signing: Scott Smith of the team's official site provided further details: English was drafted by the Chargers with the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft. He never lived up to that top billing, ho ...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014: Season Preview and Predictions

Aug 13 2014 12:21pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some big moves in the offseason drafting Mike Evans in the first round and adding Alterraun Verner, Josh McCown, Michael Johnson and Anthony Collins among others in free agency. Can Tampa Bay's offense put up the points?  What will be the focal points on defense?  What are the major headlines and burning questions surrounding the Buccaneers in 2014? Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Bleacher Report NFL ...
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Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson promoted to UFC 177 co-main event for Aug. 30 in Sacramento

Aug 13 2014 12:20pm CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

"Mighty Mouse" out, "Last Call" in. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight veteran Danny Castillo will join 155-pound rising star Tony Ferguson in the upcoming UFC 177 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, which takes place on Aug. 30, 2014 inside Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. UFC promoted the contest after a recent shake up in fight cards sent Demetrious Johnson vs. Chr ...
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