Johnson still upset over Seoul scandal
Canada's Ben Johnson still simmers over his Seoul 1988 drugs scandal and hit out at rival Carl Lewis, more than two decades after one of the Olympics' most infamous incidents.india Updated: May 17, 2012 00:53 IST
Canada's Ben Johnson still simmers over his Seoul 1988 drugs scandal and hit out at rival Carl Lewis, more than two decades after one of the Olympics' most infamous incidents.
Speaking during a visit to Singapore, Johnson said it was unfair he was stripped of the 100 metres gold, allowing Lewis to claim the title, when it was later revealed that the American had failed drugs tests.
Johnson was brought to Singapore to launch a sports academy for children, but in a sign of his enduring notoriety, four schools rejected an offer for him to speak to their students.
"My coach gave me the stuff, which he didn't think was illegal because everyone was doing it at the time," said Johnson (50).
"But they only banned me, while the Americans covered up for Carl because they knew they had no one else to take on Ben Johnson."
Lewis tested positive for banned substances before the 1988 Games but was allowed to compete when American authorities accepted his explanation of inadvertent use.
First Published: May 17, 2012 00:48 IST