'I won't waste breath discussing doping'

Isobel Pooley

British high jumper Isobel Pooley is working towards a place in Team GB’s squad for the 2016 Olympics and will be looking to secure her Rio place by winning the British trials next month.

In her latest column for the BBC Sport website, the 23-year-old has a go at diving like Tom Daley, discusses festivals and her own carnival time in Rio and refuses to give air time to those that dope following recent revelations.

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‘I won’t waste my breath talking about doping’

Isobel Pooley tweet

I don’t mind being tested as it helps to safeguard the integrity of the sport I love. It’s part of the job.

I don’t get involved with discussions about other athletes’ activities or what should and shouldn’t be done at an organisational level. I don’t have the expertise to pass comment.

This is all I have to say about doping – I don’t want to waste my breath. And besides, my focus is on competing at the Olympics!

Festivals? I have my own Rio carnival

Rio De Janeiro during carnival season and Glastonbury festival

Before Rio, the summer brings an abundance of exciting events like festivals, shows, sports fixtures and family occasions. For me though, it’s competing, travelling, training and recovering.

Of course, I’ve crowbarred in some time with my family, but otherwise it’s almost a given that I’ll be absent at all the BBQs, birthday parties and other special occasions.

However, the fact of the matter is that I’m preparing to compete at the Olympic Games – the biggest sporting spectacle on the planet.

Not many sportspeople have this within reach and I’d be crazy to complain about missing out on anything, given the stupendous opportunity I have. Viewed like that, the ‘opportunity cost’