Klitschko Calls For More PED Testing

Wladimir Klitschko has reemerged after his 2017 retirement, to discuss his displeasure with boxing’s doping scandals.

The former world champion, who retired from the ring shortly after his 2017 loss to Anthony Joshua, claimed that boxing needs more aggressive testing.

“Well, there is a lot of smoke and obviously the fire is there. When you see it so constantly and on such a huge scale, systematically, it’s definitely betraying the philosophy of sport,” Klitschko explained to Deutsche Welle.

“Sport is about competing against each other and may the best man win. Athlete to an athlete, boxing is one of the most honest sports because there are no teams. OK, the fighters have their teams but they’re outside of the ring. Inside the ring, it’s just two gentlemen testing their abilities against each other and the one who fights better will eliminate his opponent and win. But if you’ve doped and I’ve not, then it’s basically cheating. And you’re cheating your fans.

Klitschko claims that its more than just doping to win, the health risks and potential fatal consequences create a larger problem.

“In some sports, it’s simply about running faster, so if you dope, you’ll win. But in boxing, it’s about eliminating the other person physically,” the former world heavyweight champion claimed.

“There have been deaths in boxing throughout history and if that were to happen because one fighter has doped, there are no excuses. World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) has taken millions of samples down the years, collecting and freezing them and always improving their system. It’s important that all athletes are tested.”

Original Story”: Deutsche Welle

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