Athletics scandal worse than FIFA, says Olympic champion Michael Johnson

Four-time Olympic gold medallist sprinter Michael Johnson says the corruption plaguing athletics is worse than the scandal engulfing FIFA

3 senior IAAF officials have been banned for life for alleged doping breaches, and Russia is at the moment banned from all athletic competitions following accusations of widespread doping.

While FIFA, the body the governs world football, can also be in crisis with president Sepp Blatter banned for eight years, Johnson believes the scenario about athletics is drearier.

“I under no circumstances would have believed that we could be sitting here within a predicament that is as undesirable because the FIFA scandal,” Johnson told the BBC.

“It completely comes as a complete surprise to me.”

When asked if he thought the predicament was worse than FIFA’s, Johnson said it was “absolutely worse” because of the victims.

“It could possibly be basically worse than FIFA simply because again the real victims within this scenario, with athletics, in the event you think of the victims, it is absolutely worse, because the victims here are those athletes.