Bolt: Pos­i­tive Bei­jing retests ‘bad news’ for sport

The African - - POT POURRI -

sum­mer isn’t about money; it’s about iden­tity and where Chelsea are headed in a world that is much changed from when the owner first ar­rived on the scene.

Chelsea have al­ready lost Mour­inho, so los­ing Terry would’ve been too much of a blow. Ev­ery­thing that the club has come to rep­re­sent since Abramovich waltzed in and shook up the Pre­mier League land­scape would’ve been di­luted.

Where would USAIN Bolt (pic­tured) called it ‘re­ally bad news’ for sport af­ter the an­nounce­ment that 31 ath­letes were caught dop­ing in retests from the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics.

“It’s rough. It’s rough in the sport,” the Ja­maican great said last Wed­nes­day. “Some­thing that’s been tar­nish­ing the sport for years.”

Bolt was speak­ing a day af­ter the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee an­nounced that the 31 ath­letes could be banned from com­pet­ing at the Rio de Janeiro Games. He said the World An­tiDop­ing Agency and oth­ers “are do­ing a very good job of clean­ing up the sport. They’ve proven that any­body who has cheated, they’re go­ing to catch.”

Bolt was ex­pected to run in the 100 me­ters at the Golden Spike meet in the east­ern Czech city of Os­trava last Fri­day, his first race in Europe ahead of the Rio Games.

He said he be­lieved that the crack­down on dop­ing could prove suc­cess­ful.

“Hope­fully, we can take steps for­ward in mak­ing the sports bet­ter and in the up­com­ing years we won’t have these prob­lems,” Bolt said. “But, I think it’s a process, and I think over time we will get bet­ter be­cause they’re do­ing such a good job.”

In track, Rus­sia is banned from com­pet­ing be­cause of a WADA panel re­port de­tail­ing state-spon­sored dop­ing. The IAAF has yet to de­cide if the Rus­sian track team will be al­lowed to com­pete in Rio.

“I don’t re­ally think about it,” Bolt said. “For me, rules are rules. I re­ally don’t make the rules, so, all I do is fol­low the rules. I can’t re­ally do any­thing about it.”

Fri­day’s race was his sec­ond 100 af­ter clock­ing 10.05 sec­onds in the Cay­man Is­lands re­cently. Af­ter that, he needed a treat­ment in Ger­many on the way to Prague.

“I had a tight ham­string af­ter the last race but I went to see a doc­tor and he solved the prob­lem,” Bolt said. “I’m feel­ing pretty good right now. I’m feel­ing much bet­ter. I was train­ing and ev­ery­thing was bet­ter.”

The six-time Olympic cham­pion was ex­pected to race for the eighth time at the Golden Spike meet, part of the IAAF world chal­lenge se­ries.

In Europe, Bolt is only sched­uled to race in the Lon­don Di­a­mond League meet on July 22, two weeks be­fore the Rio Games open. The 29-year-old Ja­maican has not given up his goal to break his own 200 world record of 19.19, set in 2009.

“Def­i­nitely, for me, ev­ery­thing’s pos­si­ble,” he said. “If I can con­tinue on the right path un­til I get to the Olympics, I def­i­nitely think there can be world records. I re­ally want to run sub 19, that’s my fo­cus right now.”

Bolt ac­knowl­edged his ca­reer might be com­ing to an end but was still not there.

“I’m def­i­nitely at the fi­nal stretch for sure,” he said. “I think I’m com­ing to the end of the fin­ish line but I can’t say how close I am. I’m just try­ing to close it out as best as pos­si­ble.”


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