September 24, 1990 |
It was a scene that recalled the golden days for Ben Johnson. Almost. The media were there, as before, chronicling a news conference. Johnson was as before, shy and yet brimming with confidence. There was the bluster, the bragging, the promise of big things to come. This scene, which played out two weeks ago in Italy, was familiar, with one exception. The new element was the pervasive skepticism that now attends Johnson's boasts.
March 1, 1990
The Olympics are becoming too big, and some events and athletes are likely to be cut, President Juan Antonio Samaranch of the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday in Rome. Samaranch said it is necessary to trim participation to 10,000 competitors. About 13,000 athletes and officials attended the 1988 Summer Games at Seoul, and 15,000 are expected at Barcelona in 1992. He did not say which events might be eliminated.
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 4, 1989
Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, dismissed as "untruthful" claims by Ben Johnson's doctor that the IOC chief wanted to withhold news of the Canadian sprinter's failed doping test at the Seoul Olympics. A cover-up would have been impossible as 30 to 40 people, including members of the IOC's medical and executive commissions and the Canadian delegation, knew of the results of Johnson's tests, Samaranch told a Geneva newspaper.
May 7, 1989 |
Fame has been kind to Janet Evans, owner of three gold medals from the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. It has embraced her, but not smothered her. Remarkably, Evans remains mostly unaffected and unimpressed by her swimming performances of a summer ago. All she did, of course, was win a gold medal in the 400 individual medley, followed by golds in the 400 freestyle, where she lowered her own world record, and the 800 freestyle, which she won with...
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.