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Phelps: Drug cheats should be banned from Games

The US swimmer has lashed out at authorities, saying harder action should be taken on drug cheats.

FILE: Michael Phelps. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Olympic superstar Michael Phelps says athletes and swimmers who fail doping tests should not be allowed to compete at the Games.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has advised that all Russian athletes who tested positive for banned substances are banned from the Games.

Phelps was speaking after teammate Lily King beat Russian Yulia Efimova in the 100m breaststroke.



Earlier this year, the Russian athlete tested positive for a banned substance.



Phelps has lashed out at authorities, saying harder action should be taken on drug cheats.

"I believe sport should be clean and on an even playing field.

"And I think it's sad that today we have people who are testing positive, not only once, but twice and still have an opportunity to swim at these games.

"It breaks my heart and I wish somebody would do something about it."