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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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Dissecting Most Crucial Matchups in Tampa Bay's Week 8 Contest with Minnesota

Oct 22 2014 9:37pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't have much left to play for this season, save for pride. Nonetheless, their upcoming game against Minnesota could give the Bucs new life coming out of their bye week. The Bucs capped off their first five games with yet another blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco carved his way through the Bucs' porous secondary while throwing from a pressure-free pocke ...
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Criticism Everywhere

Oct 20 2014 7:50am CDT | Source: Scout.com

When a team is 1-5 on the year, critiscism is going to appear from everywhere. Greg Cosell from NFL films talked about Michael Johnson struggling in this defensive scheme. Also, according to Cosell, Logan Mankins has performed below expectations since coming over in a trade from New Engl ...
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Buccaneer Quotes, Bye Week

Oct 16 2014 8:22am CDT | Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are hopeful that the bye week will give Michael Johnson's ankle time to heal and allow him to be the impactful player they coveted in free agency…And ...
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Buccaneer Quotes, Bye Week

Oct 16 2014 8:22am CDT | Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are hopeful that the bye week will give Michael Johnson's ankle time to heal and allow him to be the impactful player they coveted in free agency…And other discussio ...
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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 he needed to ma ...
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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 man likel ...
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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 came this past Sunday against the Baltimo ...
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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 big ...
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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 ...
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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 was dismissed. Schiano rec ...
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