Michael Phelps: "Clean races in Tokyo? I doubt it"



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Michael Phelps: "Clean races in Tokyo? I doubt it"

Interviewed by CNN, Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer in history and one of the greatest athletes of all time, declares doubts about the possibility that fair competition conditions will be guaranteed for all athletes in the next Tokyo Olympics.

Phelps said: "I have to say frankly that, in my entire career, I don't know if I have ever competed in a clean environment. And no, I don't think the situation has changed. There are a lot of things wrong, and the awareness of not Starting all as equals is really irritating.

It would have been great if everyone was as tested as I was, but I know it's not. How clean will the Tokyo Olympics be on a scale of one to ten? I think four or five."

Christian Coleman appeals to the CAS against doping disqualification

About doping ban, we recall that track-and-field star Christian Coleman appeals to the CAS against doping disqualification: the world champion of 100 meters wants to be present in Tokyo 2021.

Coleman would like to fight against a two-year disqualification until 13 May 2022. Coleman disputes the suspension motivating it with reasons of localization by the officials for the non-appointment of the control on which a month ago the Athletics Integrity Unit gave a different ruling.

The American sprinter, who would currently be excluded from the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, is seeking acquittal or alternatively a reduction of the suspension. He had previously avoided a disqualification before the 2019 World Cup in Doha, Qatar, when Naser, who competes for Barhein and missed 3 tests in 12 months, benefited from the same technicality, against which World Athletics opposed a month ago with a 2-year stop request.

World champion Christian Coleman was suspended for two years for violating anti-doping regulations. A disqualification that would make him miss the Tokyo Olympics. The suspension (backdated to May) will expire on 13 May 2022.

The American said after the sentece: "I think the attempt in December was made specifically to make me miss a test." The 24-years-old athlete has 30 days to appeal to the Sports Arbitration Court. Coleman, who also holds the record of 60 m, in the last edition of the Games participated only in the 4x100 relay.

The American, world gold in the 100 last year in Doha, was punished for being unavailable three times. The Athletics Integrity Unit condemned him for failing to test in January, April and December 2019. Coleman himself had already touched upon disqualification for the same reason and had escaped on a technicality.

And not only this for track-and-field athlets this season. Conseslus Kipruto, Olympic champion in the 3000 steeplechase, and two world champion from Kenya, was released on bail after being arrested on suspicion to go to sleep with a 15-year-old girl.

Kipruto had given up on the Munich Diamond League stage after testing positive for the coronavirus. According to the BBC, the hearing for this case was set for May 2021, a couple of months before the Tokyo Olympics where the 25-year-old, who is incidentally a policeman, is expected to defend the Olympic title.

The good news come from Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei shattered the limit set 15 years ago by Kenenisa Bekele on 10,000. But who is the record man? Born on September 12, 1996, Cheptegei was in 2014, gold medal at the Eugene Junior World Championships in the 10,000m flat, while he finished fourth in the 5000m flat. On a continental level, in 2015 he was African junior champion of the 10,000 m flat.