NEW YORK: A huge doping scandal was brewing yesterday after it was reported that American sprinting legend Carl Lewis was one of over a hundred US athletes who were allegedly allowed to continue competing despite having failed a dope test.
The issue came to a head after Wade Exum, former US Olympic Committee (USOC) director from 1991 to 2000, released documents to Sports Illustrated purporting to show the cover-up by USOC.
According to Exum, Lewis is one of over a hundred American athletes who tested positive for banned substances but were still allowed to compete. Exum went on to say that the unnamed athletes won 19 Olympic medals between them.
Lewis, who won nine Olympic gold medals in a glittering career, reportedly tested positive three times at the 1988 Olympic trials in Indianapolis for small traces of banned stimulants found in cold treatments.
The USOC initially disqualified Lewis before accepting his explanation that he had taken the stimulants accidentally. Lewis was allowed to compete in the 1998 Seoul Olympics where he won gold in the long jump and 100m following the disqualification of Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson for testing positive for steroids.
The documents claim that Lewis then training partner, Joe DeLoach, also tested positive three times for the same stimulants and was also allowed compete, where he won gold in the 200m, becoming the only man in history to beat Lewis into second place in Olympic competition. dpa