John­son ‘failed drug test cov­ered up’ in 1986

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Jeremy Wilson

Grig­ory Rod­chenkov, the whistle­blower who was the former head of Moscow’s anti-dop­ing lab­o­ra­tory, has claimed Ben John­son had a failed drugs test cov­ered up in 1986 and that the Soviet Union’s boy­cott of the 1984 Olympic Games was in­flu­enced by a fear that drug-tak­ing could be ex­posed.

In his new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, The Rod­chenkov Af­fair, pub­lished this week, the 61-yearold claims he con­ducted a 1986 dop­ing sam­ple anal­y­sis found a banned steroid in John­son’s urine at the Good­will Games in Moscow.

Rod­chenkov claims it was among 14 failed drug tests cov­ered up to en­sure the event was not tar­nished. John­son won the 1987 World Cham­pi­onships be­fore be­ing stripped of that 100 me­tres ti­tle and the 100m Olympic gold in 1988 af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for a banned steroid. He ad­mit­ted drug-tak­ing, but said it was wide­spread.

“Dop­ing con­trol anal­y­sis at the Good­will Games turned out to be a for­mal­ity,” Rod­chenkov

wrote. “Our lab­o­ra­tory un­cov­ered 14 pos­i­tive re­sults, but ap­pa­ratchiks from Goskom­sport [the Soviet Min­istry of Sport] chose not to re­port them. Ben John­son beat Carl Lewis, but then tested pos­i­tive for stanozolol. I did his anal­y­sis. The re­sult was never re­ported.”

John­son told The Mail on Sun­day, which se­ri­alised Rod­chenkov’s book, he had never been in­formed of any 1986 pos­i­tive test.

Rus­sia has pre­vi­ously de­nied Rod­chenkov’s al­le­ga­tions.

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