Doping scandals already overshadowing Moscow world track championships
File photo: Tyson Gay runs to the finish line to win the senior men's 200-meter dash final at the U.S. Championships athletics meet in Des Moines, Iowa on June 23, 2013. (AP / Charlie Neibergall)
Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:44PM EDT
MOSCOW -- Even before a race has been run, a series of recent doping scandals has already begun to overshadow next month's world track championships.
Two of Usain Bolt's main rivals in the 100 metres -- Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell and American sprinter Tyson Gay -- have failed doping tests in recent weeks. Sherone Simpson, another Jamaican, is also among the recent positives.
But Sebastian Coe, a two-time Olympic gold medallist in the 1,500 and a vice-president of the IAAF, said Tuesday that the competition is bigger than any individual athlete.
"We will have here in Moscow some of the world's greatest competitors, both domestically and internationally," Coe said. "And the message that should emanate from the last few weeks, is that the IAAF (and others) . take the abuse of drugs in sport very, very seriously."
The worlds start Aug. 10 and run for nine days. Bolt is still expected to be there, but Powell and Gay won't be.
"The message is very clear: If you choose to cheat, the technology is there and the will within the IAAF and within the international federations and the national governing bodies is there to make sure that our sport is clean and is competed all with integrity," Coe said.
Also, the organizing committee said authorities have taken all necessary security measures to keep the competition safe.
"We hope that our law enforcement agencies do a perfect job," said Alexei Vorobyev, the head of Moscow's sports department.