BALTIMORE (Reuters) – American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, said on Tuesday he hopes this year’s Rio Olympics can help heal a sports world hit by recent doping and corruption cases.
Phelps, who is hoping to add to his mind-boggling collection of 18 Olympic gold medals at the Aug. 5-21 Rio Games, feels the world’s biggest multi-sports event has the potential to help people move on from the recent spate of negative headlines.
“The Olympic movement has always been uplifting. To have so many nations together in one small area competing for Olympic medals, it’s an amazing experience,” Phelps told Reuters during an interview in Baltimore.
+”There’s so much excitement around the Olympics that hopefully we can turn some of these negative stories into a positive with what’s going to happen this coming summer.”
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova’s admission this week that she failed a drug test was the latest dark cloud to hit the world of sport following world soccer body FIFA removing its top leaders in a corruption scandal and allegations of widespread doping in Russian athletics.
“In a perfect world everybody would love to have clean sports all around. That’s really all that needs to be said,” said Phelps.