Canadian track and field coach Charlie Francis dies at age 61
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Francis had worked with several athletes including disgraced runner Ben Johnson. Johnson won a gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics but was later disqualified after testing positively for steroid use. During a national enquiry Francis admitted introducing Johnson to steroid use.
During the enquiry Francis spoke about Johnson’s steroid use saying that "He could decide either he wanted to participate at the highest levels in sport or not. If he wanted to compete, it's pretty clear that steroids are worth approximately a meter at the highest levels of sport”.
After the enquiry Francis was banned for life by Athletics Canada. He briefly trained Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones for a time in 2003. He continued to believe that steroids are necessary in athletics.
- "Ben Johnson's former coach Charlie Francis dies after battle with cancer" — , May 13, 2010
- "Ben Johnson's former coach dies of cancer at 61" — , May 13, 2010