Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eriksson: Russia Drug Record No Concern

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eriksson: Russia Drug Record No Concern

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

OUTGOING Great Britain head coach Peter Eriksson has no problems with his athletes sharing a track with a country with a pretty poor record of drug cheats this weekend.

Having won the last two events, Russia are well fancied to make it a hattrick at the European Athletics Team Championships in Gateshead.

But with 37 team members currently suspended for doping offences, some athletics fans are suspicious of every win the country records. Eriksson is not one of them. "You have to assume that everyone competing is clean," he argues.

"You always have to look at it that way until anybody tells you they have done something illegal."

And while Eriksson is keen to see other countries dragged up to the high anti-doping standards he is proud Britain have, it is a fight he will leave to others.

"I think we should be concerned about doping in general," he admits. "A lot of work needs to be put into doping control and how to catch people. …

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