Former Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson says he empathizes with disgraced cycling superstar Lance Armstrong.
Johnson, a Olympic champion in the 100 metres, and Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France champion, had their titles revoked and their reputations tarnished after being caught using performance enhancing drugs.
“I feel for him, I respect him as a man, as an athlete,” Johnson told Jeff Blair on Sportsnet 590 the Fan, Tuesday. “We all do things to be winners, to be champion.”
Johnson is currently on a tour promoting an anti-doping campaign called Pure Sport, created by Jaimie Fuller, chairman of the sportswear company SKINS.