Rio 2016: Zero tolerance on doping, says Nuzman

Carlos Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, insists he has zero tolerance when it comes to doping.

The IAAF confirmed on Monday over 1,400 drug tests were carried out at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing last month, with only two athletes – Kenyan runners Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary – found to have doped before or during the event.

Speaking about the issue of doping, Nuzman told Omnisport: “Athletics is very important, my tolerance is zero.

“I [will] not accept this, as a part-Olympian and also as an official.

“We need to keep this with all of the countries and athletes to do this, because this is a damage for the image of the sport, sponsors, televisions and all the people involved in the sport.”

One athlete who has returned from doping offences is Justin Gatlin, with the American sprinter finishing second to Usain Bolt in both the 100 and 200metres in Beijing.

However, Nuzman is pleased that Gatlin versus Bolt will be a prominent feature of next year’s Olympics.

“I hope that we have a fantastic 100 and 200 metres, and relays, but I’m very happy that we’ll have this challenge [Gatlin versus Usain Bolt] and have fantastic athletes,” he added.

“I think that Usain Bolt is one of the legends of the sport. He wrote his name in history and we are happy to receive him in Rio.”