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Johnson Wants to Run for Jamaica

Sprinter Ben Johnson said he would like to compete for Jamaica in the 1992 Olympic Games, the Jamaica Record reported Saturday.

“If I am clean, I should be able to run for Jamaica because I am a Jamaican,” the newspaper quoted Johnson as saying during a visit to the island.

However, Teddy McCook, president of the Jamaica Athletic Assn., has told reporters that no athlete found guilty of using banned substances will be allowed to compete for Jamaica.

The Jamaica-born Johnson, running for Canada, won the 100 meters at the Seoul Olympics last September but tested positive for anabolic steroids and was stripped of his gold medal. He wasbanned from competition for two years.

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Johnson, who recently testified before a Canadian inquiry on drug abuse in sports, has admitted using banned substances during his athletic career.


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