Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 26th 2013 Contents LONDON---Insisting that he is running
clean, Usain Bolt said yesterday that the
recent spate of doping scandals in athletics
will damage the sport.
They won t affect his preparations for the
upcoming world championships, however.
The world s fastest man stopped short of
condemning Jamaican teammates Asafa Powell
and Sherone Simpson or American rival Tyson
Gay, whose failed doping tests have left the
sport in turmoil ahead of the worlds in Moscow
"Definitely it s going to set us back a little
bit," Bolt said in London ahead of a Diamond
League meet, his first competition in the city
since his three gold medals at last year s
Olympics. "But as a person I can t focus on
"I still have world championships, everyone
is stepping up their game so I have to really
focus on that. ... I am just trying to work hard,
run fast and hopefully help people to forget
what has happened, and just move on."
Bolt will run the 100 metres today and the
4x100 relay tomorrow at the Olympic Stadium
in a meet marking the anniversary of the start
of the 2012 London Olympics.
In his first public comments since news of
the high-profile doping cases broke, Bolt
promised that he won t be the next sprint star
to be embroiled in a scandal.
"I was made to inspire people and to run,
and I was given the gift and that s what I do,"
the six-time Olympic champion said. "I am
confident in myself and my team, the people
I work with. And I know I am clean.
"So I m just going to continue running,
using my talent and just trying to improve
If the recent cases have cast doubt about
Bolt s own integrity, the 100- and 200-metre
world record-holder asked any skeptics to just
check his record.
"If you were following me since 2002 you
would know that I have been doing phenom-
enal things since I was 15," the 26-year-old
Bolt said. "I was the youngest person to win
the world juniors at 15. I ran the world junior
(200) record 19.93 at (17) ... I have broken
every record there is to break, in every event
I have ever done.
"For me, I have proven myself since I was
15. ... I have shown everything throughout the
years since I was always going to be great."
It was announced earlier this month that
Powell and Simpson tested positive for the
stimulant oxilofrone at Jamaica s national
championships in June. Discus thrower Allison
Randall and two other athletes also returned
positives for banned substances at the same
"I m just sitting and waiting to see the
results and what s what," Bolt said. "There s
a lot of things that hasn t been said and done
Bolt said he has spoken only briefly via text
message with Powell since the positive test
"I didn t want to bombard him with ques-
tions," Bolt said. "I told him, Sorry to hear
what was going on. And he said Yes, it s kind
of rough, it s hard.
"And I just told him to stay strong and stay
focused, and hopefully everything will work
Powell was the last man to hold the 100-
metre world record before Bolt broke it in
2008. He also helped the Jamaicans to the
4x100-metre relay gold medal at the 2008
In almost 20 minutes with reporters in Lon-
don on Thursday, Bolt avoided any direct crit-
icism of his fellow athletes.
"In life things happen, people make mis-
takes, mishaps happen," Bolt said in response
to a question about doping sanctions.
Both Powell and Gay claim they failed dop-
ing tests because they trusted people they
didn t know very well.
Bolt does not doubt his inner circle and
was astounded by the suggestion he could
inadvertently be given a banned supplement
and test positive.
"What? I am clean," Bolt shot back while
insisting he only takes vitamins and not sup-
plements. "You have to be careful as an athlete
what you do and what you ingest, the food
you eat and stuff like that.
"But I am not worried because ... I have a
great team around me."
Questions about the apparent leniency of
two-year doping bans were sidestepped by
"I can t determine how harsh the rules
should be," he said.
Sprinter Kim Collins, who is also competing
in the two-day London meet, accepts that
every athlete is now under scrutiny, saying
the wave of recent doping cases "leave a bad
taste for all of us."
"Everyone is judged and I will be judged
running fast at my age," said the 37-year-old
Collins, a former 100-metre world champion
from St Kitts and Nevis.
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NYON±UEFA has sent home a ref-
eree from the Under-19 European
Championship after the Bosnia-
Herzegovina football federation
opened disciplinary proceedings
UEFA says it learned Wednesday of
charges against Emir Aleckovic, and
"therefore decided immediately to
send the referee home." Bosnian
media reported that Aleckovic is ac-
cused of inappropriate behaviour.
UEFA says the case relates to "al-
leged wrongdoings in Bosnia-Herze-
govina" and doesn t involve the
under-19 tournament being played in
The Bosnian federation said in a
statement it suspended Aleckovic
during its investigation.
Aleckovic, who is 33, was promoted
to FIFA s list of international referees
in 2010. He was among six referees at
the UEFA tournament and worked a
0-0 draw between France and Georgia
Ref charged in Bosnia sent home from U19 champs
I am clean says Bolt
...believes doping scandals have 'set us back'
Usain Bolt of Jamaica waves from the open roof of a vintage car during the Athletics Diamond
League meeting at Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis north of Paris, on July 6. AP PHOTO
'I was made to inspire
people and to run, and I
was given the gift and
that's what I do.
I am confident in myself
and my team, the people I
work with. And I know I am
---the six-time Olympic
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