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James Dasaolu not affected by widespread cheat claims

By Staff reporter

Great Britain's European 100 metres champion James Dasaolu insists athletes cannot afford to be distracted by the doping allegations engulfing their sport.

A programme broadcast by German TV station ARD revealed allegations of systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia and it was announced on Tuesday that Dick Pound, the hard-hitting former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), would head an independent three-man commission investigating the damaging claims.

Dasaolu's event has been tainted by doping, with the fastest man in the world in 2014, Justin Gatlin, a two-time drug cheat. Tyson Gay, the second fastest man in history, returned to the track this summer after a reduced one-year suspension, while former world record holder Asafa Powell also came back to competition after his enforced absence for testing positive for a banned stimulant.

On Gatlin, Dasaolu said: "The sport has allowed him back in, he's served his time. All you can do is just get on with it and train and control what you can control as an athlete in your performances.

"I think I raced him once and I think he said, 'good luck' to me or something like that, but apart from that I didn't really converse with him."

Asked about the latest drug scandal to hit the sport, Dasaolu added: "I'm just an athlete, I just focus on myself, focus on competing, focus on training and that's all we can do as athletes - as opposed to the politics within the sport. That's a distraction.

"I'm pretty sure the sport will be cleaned up and all things will be good eventually."

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