DISGRACED sprinter Ben Johnson has sparked outrage after starring in Australian advert seemingly making light of doping in sport.
The Canadian 100m sprinter was stripped of his 1988 Olympic gold medal in Seoul for testing positive for a banned steroid.
However, in an advert for Australian betting firm Sports Bet, Johnson is seen making forced puns and cracking jokes about performance-enhancing drugs.
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So-called ‘gags’ include Johnson saying the app “tested positive for speed and power”, and is “a hit with performance-enhancement experts all over the world”.
The advert also made thinly-veiled references to other famous dopers in sport, including in cycling, weightlifting and swimming.
Australia‘s anti-doping agency, ASADA, released a statement blasting the tasteless advert.
They wrote: “The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) notes the current advertising campaign by online betting company, Sportsbet.
“ASADA does not condone the message sent in this advertisement.
“This advert makes light of the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport and sends the completely wrong message that the use of drugs in sport is normal.
“This advertising campaign belittles the achievements of clean athletes and denigrates those who work to protect clean sport across the world.
“ASADA has lodged a complaint about the advert with the relevant authority.”
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