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'Indians should do blood tests every month'

IANS | By, New Delhi
Jul 31, 2011 12:43 AM IST

Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, a double Olympic bronze medallist, says it is best for Indian athletes to get their blood tested every month by a certified doctor and keep the record to prove their innocence if they have taken any banned substance unknowingly.

Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, a double Olympic bronze medallist, says it is best for Indian athletes to get their blood tested every month by a certified doctor and keep the record to prove their innocence if they have taken any banned substance unknowingly.

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Johnson, who was stripped of his 100 meters gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics for testing positive, offered to help out the dope-tainted Indian athletes and he is even willing to train the country’s track stars.

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He asked the eight suspended Indians to learn from his life as it is a perfect example for them. Johnson said it is difficult to find a clean athlete in today’s world and, worse, those on dope are getting away scot free.

Johnson, who tested positive for Stanozolol in Seoul, said Indians should get their blood tested every month to have a clear idea of the substances in their blood.

“It is important for all athletes to get their blood tested every month by a certified doctor and keep a record of it. So, if they take any substance unknowingly then they can show the records to prove their innocence,” Johnson said.

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