Ben Johnson, banned from track and field for two years following his positive drug test at the Seoul Olympics, is preparing to compete in the 1992 Games at Barcelona, a published report said Saturday.
"I've started to train again," Johnson was quoted as saying in El Diario Vasco, which translated his remarks into Spanish. "I hope to have the chance to run again against Carl Lewis and beat him."Johnson beat Lewis in an apparent world record 9.79 seconds at Seoul, but Johnson the lost the gold medal and the record when he tested positive for anabolic steroids. Johnson still holds the record at 9.83.
The International Amateur Athletic Federation banned Johnson from competition for two years as a result of the positive drug test. The Jamaican-born Johnson said he never knowingly used steroids.
A crowd of about 7,000 watched cycling races at the indoor Anoeta velodrome Saturday and applauded Johnson when he gave the trophies to the winners. Johnson fired the pistol for the start of one race.
A Basque Cycling Federation official, who would not give her name, refused to say how much Johnson received for the appearance, but the Spanish sports daily Marca said it was about $21,000.
At a news conference in Toronto Oct. 4, Johnson read from a prepared statement and said he never had used drugs and vowed to be at the 1992 Games.