2 Years to Go: Clean Image of Japan Sports Tarnished before Tokyo Games

Sports

Tokyo, July 31 (Jiji Press)--Revelations about a series of doping incidents involving Japanese athletes in recent years have shaken the very foundations of the Japanese sporting world and its reputation for fair play.

Many of the doping cases from cycling, swimming, speed skating and other sporting events are viewed as careless violations, with athletes thoughtlessly taking foreign supplements, which have a risk of containing banned substances.

It is undeniable, however, that such incidents have scarred the clean image that Japan had built over the years.

With two years to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, many are questioning the understanding of such issues among athletes and sports associations.

In January, revelations about the unprecedented misconduct of one canoeist came as a huge shock to many people, after the athlete spiked the drink of a rival to frame the latter for doping.

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