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Olympic Games / Johnson / Canada #713574

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Ramifications of disqualification of Olympic runner Ben Johnson for drug use noted. Report introduced.

(Toronto, Canada: John McKenzie) Canada’s response to incident featured; scenes shown. [TV COMMENTATOR – says “Olympic glory has turned to shame.”] [Johnson’s sister Clare RODNEY – says he’s not guilty.] [Canadian Prime Minister Brian MULRONEY – expresses sadness.] Public reaction described. [Three CANADIANS – comment.] Johnson’s fame in Canada and elsewhere detailed; TV advertisement, shown. Cancellation of lucrative shoe contract by Diadora company noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Seoul, South Korea: Dick Schaap) Statements by competitor Carl Lewis and other Olympic athletes about Johnson’s disqualification featured; scenes shown. [LEWIS – comments.] [Former Olympic champion Al JOYNER, Swaziland long jumper Sizwe MDLULI – back Johnson’s banning.] [Runner Linford CHRISTIE – comments on situation.] Issue of Johnson’s drug test noted. [Olympic drug testing director Dr. JONG-Sei Park – says there is no chance of error.] Call by athletes’ commission for stepped-up war on banned substances reported. [Olympic medallist Edwin MOSES – calls for random testing.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles, California: Gary Shepard) Reaction of high school athletes to Johnson scandal featured, scenes shown. [ATHLETE – comments.] [Los Angeles schools athletic director Hal HARKNES – discusses dangers of steroid use.] [Four ATHLETES – talk about availability of steroids.] Issue of athlete as role model noted.

Jennings, Peter;
McKenzie, John;
Schaap, Dick;
Shepard, Gary

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