Sprinter in 1988 Olympic scandal deplores doping

Johnson said he decided to speak out because he wanted to help make changes in today's society about drugs in sports.

updated: September 05, 2013 14:39 IST
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New York: It has been nearly 25 years since the "dirtiest race in history," the Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson's gold-medal-winning, and steroid-infused, 100-meter dash at the Seoul Olympics.

On Wednesday, a few weeks short of the anniversary, Johnson sat inside a Midtown Manhattan hotel's windowless conference room to present himself as a cautionary tale, a living lesson about the perils of doping, and a truth-teller in a world where he said cover-ups were as common as cleats.

"Just because an athlete didn't test positive doesn't mean they're clean," he said.

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