usain-bolt-steroidsSo, it’s now down to trash-talking instead of track-running.

The word war steams up between Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt, or at least Bolt’s nation, Jamaica. Suffice it to say that Lewis will not be welcomed in Jamaica with open arms but with a barrage of the now world-renowned Trelawny yams. Here are some excerpts from a scathing editorial which appeared on the Jamaican Observer. The editorial basically sums up Jamaicans’ sentiment on Carl Lewis.

No sooner had the world slapped down Mr Jacques Rogge for his reprimand of Mr Bolt’s celebration on winning the 100 metres in a new world record, we now have the xenophobic US Olympian, Mr Carl Lewis, raising doubts about the authenticity of Mr Bolt’s outstanding achievements.

According to a Caribbean Media Corporation report published in last Saturday’s Observer magazine, Sporting World, Mr Lewis, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, raised strong doubts about Mr Bolt’s performances in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay – all won in world record times – but cleverly stopped short of accusing the Jamaican sprinter of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Lewis, himself an Olympic medalist – nine gold medals out of 10 Olympic medals – dropped some controversial comments at his recent interview with Sports Illustrated.

“When people ask me about Bolt, I say he could be the greatest athlete of all time. But to run 10.03 seconds one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport with the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period,” Lewis said.

Mr Lewis who, in the past, has used his stature as an Olympic champion to oppose the acceptance of Caribbean athletes, particularly Jamaicans, by American colleges, went further to try and smear Jamaica’s drug-testing programme.

“Countries like Jamaica do not have a random programme, so they can go months without being tested,” he fumed.

Then he delivered what he obviously believed would be regarded as some form of objectivity by saying: “No one is accusing Bolt, but don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. How dare anybody feel that there shouldn’t be scrutiny, especially in our sport.”

The editorial defends that Jamaica has ‘never felt itself beyond inspection’ and that they are, in fact, under the International Association of Athletic Federations’ random drug screening program.

All this, of course, exposes Mr Lewis’s lies which, we believe, are driven by envy and the fact that his own athletics career – during which he won nine Olympic gold medals – has been shrouded in suspicion.

Ouch, that hurts!

Lewis has, indeed, gotten embroiled in a steroid scandal himself. If you remember that back in 2003, Dr. Wade Exum suggested of some anomalous activity within the United States Olympic Committee. Exum, director of the drug control administration of USOC from 1991 to 2000, provided documents to support his claim with the names of around 100 athletes who had failed anti-doping tests but were later cleared to compete at the Seoul Olympics. Among the athletes was Carl Lewis.

It was further revealed that Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics for three banned stimulants pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. The initial decision was to ban him from said Olympics and slap him with a six-month suspension but that decision was later overturned when USOC accepted Lewis’ excuse of inadvertently using said banned compounds. Subsequently, Lewis was cleared to compete in Seoul.

At the Seoul Olympics in 1988, Carl Lewis received the silver in the 100-meter event, falling behind Canadian Ben Johnson. He was awarded the gold, however, when Johnson was later disqualified for failing a doping test. Lewis was awarded world record for running the 100 metres at 9.93 seconds.

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