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‘Politics vs Sports’: French Athlete Speaks Out About Doping Scandal

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Yoann Kowal, a French long-distance runner has shared with Radio Sputnik his impressions about the doping scandal, which led to Russian athletes being banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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“In France we are all aware of the system of doping control and  anti-doping laws we have here. I’ve been taking regular doping tests at home ever since I got my bio passport in 2009,” he said.

He said that he was saddened to see a whole team punished while many of its members are 100-percent sure they are “clean.”

“I can’t figure out why they decided to punish the Russians while making no mention of, say, the Kenyans or Moroccans. Just yesterday they searched the apartment of Jama Aden, who is coaching some of the finest athletes around. There are a lot of problems we have to deal with and its a pity that athletics have been hit so hard by this doping scandal. All this is very sad.”

”Unfortunately, in cases like this politics always prevail over sports. What I don’t understand is how come they let someone with a previous record of being caught using drugs and being disqualified, run again, unlike those who have never been suspended and are only being suspected for using drugs?'

"As a result, the moment someone starts showing good results they go like: 'Look! This guy is using drugs!' Even in Périgueux (the town Yoann lives in), people are unaware of the role everyday training plays in an athlete’s life. The moment they see any outstanding result they think it is all about doping. It’s so sad, really,” Yoann sighed.

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