Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ennis-Hill Fears No Early End to Doping Problems

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ennis-Hill Fears No Early End to Doping Problems

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DAME Jessica Ennis-Hill remains hopeful London's World Championships will not be tarnished by doping - but warned any problems will not disappear overnight.

The 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion wants to see a clean summer as she prepares to collect her third World Championship gold.

Ennis-Hill is due to receive heptathlon gold from Daegu 2011 after she was upgraded from silver when Tatyana Chernova was stripped of her title last November following a doping offence.

Jo Pavey is also in line to receive a 10,000 metres World Championship bronze from 2007 after she moved up from fourth last month when Turkish athlete Elvan Abeylegesse retrospectively failed a doping test.

She is due to join Ennis-Hill at a special ceremony in London in August and Ennis-Hill, who retired last year, hopes others will avoid their long wait.

She said: "We have made massive steps to becoming a cleaner sport in the past year but there's a lot that needs to be done.

"It's not something that's going to happen in a short amount of time.

"Hopefully we have a fantastic World Championships and we don't have this case of three, four or five years down the line where people are having medals stripped off them.

"I hope as we continue with our sport over the next few years it just gets better and better.

"You have to become not distracted by those small number of cases and people who do decide to cheat and remember there are a heck of a lot of athletes who train really hard and do it the right way.

"You can't have that assumption every athlete is cheating if they are on the podium because that's definitely not the case."

Kelly Sotherton will also benefit from Chernova's failed tests and will receive a 2008 Olympic heptathlon bronze, having initially finished fifth, after the International Olympic Committee disqualified the Russian athlete for testing positive for a steroid during the Beijing Games. …

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