Johnson ‘failed drug test covered up’ in 1986
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.