September 7, 1989 |
The International Amateur Athletic Federation promised today to impose sanctions against the coach and doctor who administered Ben Johnson's steroid program. Federation President Primo Nebiolo said once the IAAF is in possession of the report from the Canadian government inquiry into drug use by athletes, punitive action will be taken against Coach Charlie Francis and Dr. Jamie Astaphan. The IAAF decided Tuesday to strip Johnson of his 100-meter world record set in Rome.
May 1, 1989 |
Sprinter Ben Johnson's doctor purchased large quantities of steroids intended for cats, dogs and horses beginning in 1985, a Canadian federal inquiry into drug use in amateur sports was told today. Joseph Kiefer, director of corporate relations with Sterling Drug Ltd., the only maker of stanozolol products in North America, testified that Dr. Jamie Astaphan began purchasing tablets of the muscle-building drug in June, 1985. Astaphan turned to an injectable form in December, 1985, Kiefer told the inquiry.
August 24, 1989 |
Top track and field officials had proof several months before the 1988 Olympics that Canadian athletes were taking steroids, but did nothing, a federal inquiry on drugs in amateur sports was told today. Steven Findlay, a staff member of the Canadian Track and Field Assn., testified he told association President Wilf Wedman in February, 1988, that he had proof of steroid use among the country's top sprinters.
April 25, 1989 |
The theory that Ben Johnson was a victim of sabotage at the Seoul Olympics was raised again at a federal inquiry today by the lawyer representing Johnson's personal physician. David Sookram, who represents Dr. Jamie Astaphan, told the probe into drugs in sport that somebody gave Johnson a bottle of pills described as painkillers several days before the sprinter failed the test last fall. "Did you see or were you told that anybody gave Mr. Johnson any tablets to help him with the pain on that day?"
April 26, 1989
The theory that Ben Johnson was a victim of sabotage at the Seoul Olympics surfaced again at an inquiry into drug use by Canadian athletes on Tuesday at Toronto. David Sookram, attorney for Dr. Jamie Astaphan, who treated Johnson, suggested during cross-examination of Waldemar Matuszewski, Johnson's physical therapist, that Johnson received pills described as pain killers several days before he tested positive for steroids and was stripped of the gold medal he won in the 100-meter dash.
October 10, 1988
Ben Johnson knowingly took illegal steroids and those close to the runner were aware of it, Canadian Olympic women's sprinter Angella Issajenko was quoted in the Toronto Star. Issajenko said Dr. Jamie Astaphan supplied steroids to athletes with the knowledge of Coach Charlie Francis. "I just don't care any more," Issajenko said in the newspaper. "I'm fed up with all the bull. Ben takes steroids, I take steroids. Jamie gives them to us, and Charlie isn't a scientist but he knows what's happening."
February 17, 1989 |
Ben Johnson's personal physician was quoted as saying in a story in Thursday's Toronto Star that the Canadian sprinter took the banned steroid stanozolol four months before the Olympic Games because he was depressed over a leg injury. Dr. Jamie Astaphan, said that Johnson had suffered a pulled hamstring and took the drug but that it caused violent muscle spasms. "He bought stanozolol or somebody bought it for him in Toronto," Astaphan was quoted as saying.
August 25, 1989
Steve Findlay, the athletes' representative for the Canadian Track and Field Assn. admitted Thursday at the Canadian Government's inquiry into drug use among athletes that he had evidence of steroid use by some of Canada's top athletes eight months before the Seoul Olympics. He said Wilf Wedmann, association president, refused to act. Wedmann, who testified briefly before the inquiry adjourned for the day, will have a chance to answer the allegation Friday.
July 26, 1992 |
After sprinter Ben Johnson failed a drug test for an anabolic steroid in the 1988 Summer Olympics at Seoul, his coach, Charlie Francis of Toronto, was banned for life from practicing his profession in Canada by the country's federal government. Four years later, Johnson is back in the Olympics after serving a two-year suspension, and speculation is rampant that Francis is his coach.