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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 April, 2003, 08:00 GMT 09:00 UK
Lewis dismisses drugs claims
Carl Lewis
Lewis has a total of nine Olympic gold medals

Carl Lewis has rubbished demands by Ben Johnson's manager that the American should be stripped of his 1988 Olympic gold medal in the 100m.

Lewis was awarded the medal after Johnson, who won the race and broke the world record, tested positive for a banned steroid.

However, documents recently released by former US Olympic Committee anti-doping official Dr Wade Exum claimed Lewis was allowed to compete at the Games despite testing positive for banned stimulants at the 1988 Olympic trials in Indianapolis.

"It's ridiculous, who cares?" said Lewis.

"I did 18 years of track and field and I've been retired five years, and they're still talking about me, so I guess I still have it."

Johnson's manager and attorney, Morris Chrobotek, told an Australian newspaper last week that he plans legal action against Lewis.

"So he's going to sue hundreds of people?" responded Lewis.

"Would you expect him to say anything different? It's a dead issue, it really is."

Exum claims Lewis tested positive for pseudoephedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine - banned stimulants that are found in cold medications.

The USOC first disqualified him then accepted his appeal, which was based on his assertion that he had ingested the stimulant inadvertently through taking an over-the-counter herbal remedy.

"The only thing I can say is I think it's unfortunate what Wade Exum is trying to do," said Lewis.

"I don't know what people are trying to make out of nothing because everyone was treated the same, so what are we talking about? I don't get it."

Lewis refused to comment on his arrest on Monday for drink driving.

The 41-year-old crashed his sports car in Los Angeles and a police officer at the scene said he failed a series of sobriety tests.

A breath test showed his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit of .08% in California.

The case is scheduled to be heard on 7 July in Los Angeles Superior Court.




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