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Wayde Van Niekerk backs IOC doping measures

The IOC held a special meeting where they announced additional measures to protect clean athletes.

FILE: South African sprinter and world 400 metre champion, Wayde van Niekerk. Picture: @WaydeDreamer via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - World 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk supports the steps taken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to continue the fight against drugs in sport.

The IOC held a special meeting where they announced additional measures to protect clean athletes competing in the Olympic Games later this year by retesting a sizeable amount of samples from athletes that took part in previous Olympic Games.

The 23 year old sprinter backed the IOC's new course of action to fight doping, "I'm behind fair play, if I can do what I am doing clean I am sure the rest of the world can. We doing this sport to test our abilities clean and pure and then you will get another person and we find out his been using supplements, steroids or doping. It's not a nice feeling knowing you working so hard and someone else cheats."

The IOC said at least 31 of 454 defrosted samples analysed from Beijing 2008 contained illegal substances, while later this month is expected that the results for 250 samples from London 2012 will be revealed.

On Tuesday, the IOC stated that the 31 positive samples from the reanalysis of samples from Beijing 2008 Games came from six sports and 12 nationalities, while additional information is being kept confidential at this moment in time.

Van Niekerk who recently won the 400m National Championships in Stellenbosch this year says it is disheartening when an athlete wins using illegal measure, "Anything you do in life, you don't want the cheater to win so it is nice knowing that they turning up the game when it comes to doping.

"At the end of the day the best game would be a fair play game so I'm looking forward to see what's happening there and trying to get the sport as clean as possible and that is the best way for us competing."

Van Niekerk became the world number one in the 400m by winning gold at last year's World Championships in Beijing, and followed it up in 2016 by becoming the first man in history to run faster than 10 seconds in the 100, 20 in the 200 and 44 in the 400m.

The Cape Town born athlete will head to Europe in June as he prepares for the Rio Olympics which begins on 5 August.