Rio 2016, Olympic athletes will be focused – Colin Jackson

By BBC

Olympic competitors should not be distracted by the Russian doping scandal, former world 110m hurdles champion Colin Jackson says.

Russia has avoided a blanket ban by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from this month’s Rio Games.

Individual sports’ governing bodies must decide if competitors are clean and more than 250 Russian athletes have so far been cleared to compete.

“I would be looking at my own individual performance,” Jackson said.

“Unless people have been proven, by their dope tests and by their dope samples, then I wouldn’t waste my time and effort accusing athletes of being on drugs.

“The athletes won’t think that way when they are competing,” added the 49-year-old Welshman, who was a silver medallist at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

“The sport is very much an individual sport in the world of athletics and you will be focused on your individual performance.”

The Olympics begin in Brazil on Friday but without Russia’s track and field team, who were banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

  

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