June 4, 1991 |
Jamie Astaphan, the physician who prescribed steroids for Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson and other athletes, was suspended Monday from practicing medicine in Canada for 18 months and fined $5,000 by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons. Astaphan, 45, said he began prescribing drugs to athletes in 1983 when he learned that some coached by Charlie Francis were dosing themselves. Astaphan said he was concerned that the athletes "would kill themselves."
June 12, 1989 |
Not since he ran in the 100-meter final last Sept. 24 at the Seoul Olympics has Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson had more at stake than he will today, when he begins his testimony before the Canadian government's commission of inquiry into drug use by athletes. Johnson won the 100 meters at Seoul in the fastest time ever, 9.79 seconds, but the gold medal and the world record were taken away after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid in a post-race drug test. Upon returning to his Toronto home, Johnson said at a news conference that he never "knowingly" used banned drugs, apparently attempting to place the blame on his coach, Charlie Francis, and his doctor, Jamie Astaphan.
June 7, 1989 |
Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, banned two years from international competition after testing positive for steroid use at the Seoul Olympics, told an Italian television interviewer that he is training for a comeback next year with an eye toward the 1992 Games in Barcelona. "My dream is to compete in the next Olympics. I want to face Carl Lewis again," Johnson said in a taped interview to be broadcast Thursday. Johnson, accompanied by his manager, Larry Heidelbrecht, remained tight-lipped during the interview with veteran Italian entertainer Mike Bongiorno about accusations by his physician, Jamie Astaphan, that he used steroids.
June 1, 1989 |
Ben Johnson's doctor concluded his testimony Wednesday after 5 1/2 days before the Canadian government's inquiry into drug use by athletes, the fate of his medical practice in Canada apparently in the hands of the commissioner, Justice Charles L. Dubin. Jamie Astaphan left the hearing room without commenting to reporters, but his attorney, David Sookram, said that he is not concerned about whether anyone but Dubin believes in Astaphan's fitness to practice medicine. Astaphan's treatment of patients, as well as his ethics and credibility, were challenged while he was on the stand by attorneys for the Sports Medicine Council of Canada, the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Johnson.