Jade Johnson: "Russia does not deserve world championships"

Long jumper Jade Johnson at the UCS Championships on May 6, 2012
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British long jumper Jade Johnson says that Russia should not be allowed to host this year's world athletics championship due to its doping record.

British long jumper Jade Johnson believes that Russia should not be allowed to host this year's world athletics championships due to the doping scandal surrounding its sports stars.

Long jumper Tatyana Kotova and hammer thrower Olga Kuzenkova were found guilty of doping offences following the 2005 tournament, and the Team GB star has declared that the country should be held accountable.

"We have the championships in Moscow and I don't feel they deserve to have it," she told BBC Sport. "Countries need to take responsibility for what's going on with athletes."

Johnson added: "This isn't just the first time. There are a lot of athletes from that country [caught doping]. It needs to be looked into a little bit more.

"If Russia is held accountable as a nation maybe they will do a better job."

UK athletics head coach Peter Eriksson previous called for a "greater investigation" into why so many Russian athletes have been found guilty of doping offences.

The 14th World Championships in Athletics takes places in Moscow between August 10 and 18.

Peter Eriksson in 2009
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