Cheating comes naturally, says world champion Collins

LONDON: World 100m champion Kim Collins said on Sunday that although cheating comes naturally to most people he expects the Olympic sprint event in Athens to be clean this summer. 

Preparations for the Games have been overshadowed by doping allegations against major stars including US sprinter Marion Jones after claims by her former husband she used illegal substances during the 2000 Olympics. 

The allegations have been strongly denied by the American sprinter. 

And St Kitts and Nevis athlete Collins, 28, who won the world title in Paris last year, conceded it was almost impossible to try and stop people from using illegal methods to win medals. 

“We can't control what people do,” said Collins on BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme. “We are people - we cheat in everything we do. We cheat in taxes, in tests, in relationships. We always feel we could never get caught in what we do, so we cheat. 

“Eventually you get caught, but if you don't you end up in other problems within yourself. That is the price to pay.” 

But Collins thinks that a lot has been done to clean up the sport. 

“A lot of people know now that if you try anything funny, you are going to get caught. I think everybody is now watching their back and are more careful about what they do, so I think we are going to have a clean final, a good race and the best man will win on that day.” 

Collins believes that the hot weather could help him bring Olympic glory to his tiny Caribbean island. 

“It would be the biggest thing to ever hit the island for me to win Olympic gold.  

“I know I am going to have a good time, the hotter it is the faster we warm up. It is going to be fun,” he added. – AFP  

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