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A Canadian judge opened a federal investigation...

A Canadian judge opened a federal investigation into drug use by amateur athletes that will focus on sprinter Ben Johnson, who was stripped of an Olympic gold medal in the Seoul Games.

Justice Charles Dubin said he is empowered to take testimony under oath and subpoena witnesses and documents. Dubin will later prepare a report for Canadian Sports Minister Jean Charest that could include recommendations for criminal prosecution against those involved with Johnson.

The Johnson controversy also prompted the British government to announce plans to outlaw the unauthorized use of anabolic steroids, with jail terms and unlimited fines facing importers, dealers and users.


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