Touré: I'll prove I never needed drugs
Sunday 04 September 2011
Kolo Touré is determined to prove he did not take drugs to become a better footballer after completing a six-month ban for taking a banned substance. The Manchester City defender failed a drugs test in March having taken bendroflumethiazide which was found to be in water tablets. Touré, 30, admitted taking the tablets but insisted he did not intend to enhance his sporting performance, did not realise they were on a banned list and used them only to help him lose weight.
Touré, who is eligible for City's next game against Wigan on 10 September, said: "For me, everything happened because of God. Everything he does is good but he can do you bad too. Every time he does something, he does it to make you a better man. It was an accident what happened but my faith has driven me on and now I'm feeling fresh. People think I needed water tablets to make me a better footballer. I want to show those people I don't need water tablets to be a strong man. I've been in this League for nearly 10 years now and I've played in a lot of good games and I will do that again.
"Sometimes you don't appreciate how big it is being a footballer but for me to be out for six months has made me realise that. I've been missing it and to be able to come back is great."
Simon Calder looks at communities fighting back against the poachers
Latest in Sport
Comment: David Moyes paying the price of Manchester United's virtual abstinence from top-level transfers since 2006. Can he refire their ambition?
Arsenal 1 Everton 1 match report: Gerard Deulofeu provides late sucker punch following Mesut Ozil opener
Transfer news: Manchester United will not be forced into panic buys, says David Moyes
Gerard Deulofeu - Why Barcelona chose Everton to educate their latest prodigy
Ashes 2013-14 match report: Another woeful display sees England lose to Australia by 218 runs to go down 2-0
- 1 Turning up the voice of America
- 2 The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era
- 3 The man who made Femen: New film outs Victor Svyatski as the mastermind behind the protest group and its breast-baring stunts
- 4 An obsessive’s documenting of Israeli war crimes in Lebanon can show us how the West lost respect for international law
- 5 Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis