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Friday 12, Jul 2013

  I Am Clean, Says Usain Bolt

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I Am Clean, Says Usain Bolt

Olympic sprinter @Usain Bolt insists he is ‘clean’ after he was asked about doping before the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

The Jamaican runner was posed the question at a time when athletes from his country have come under increased scrutiny after Veroncia Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic at a meeting in May. The double Olympic champion may become the twelfth Jamaican to be banned in the last five years.

Bolt said in Paris that he is clean and sure about it. He welcomed people to test him every day if required to prove it to the world and said he has no problems with that. Meanwhile, Usain Bolt supported calls made by his coach, Glen Mills, for an accredited laboratory to be set up in Jamaica. Bolt’s coach believes supplements can be tested in lab and this would be helpful to prevent the innocent being caught out by poorly labeled medicine and vitamins.

Nicknamed “Lightning Bolt”, his achievements in sprinting have earned him awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year thrice. Bolt is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field and has been called the world’s most marketable athlete and the greatest athlete ever.

Usain Bolt, performing for Jamaica in his first Caribbean regional event, clocked a personal best of 48.28 s in the 400 metres in the 2001 CARIFTA Games, winning a silver medal and thereafter he made his first appearance on the world stage at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Usain Bolt is one of only eight athletes, (along with Valerie Adams, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. Bolt, the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977, said everybody makes their own decisions as far as doping is concerned and he cannot speak for anybody else. He remarked that he gets tested regularly in Jamaica so maybe it would work out easier for them to get the samples if there was a laboratory in the country. The first to achieve a “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012), Bolt is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting and a five-time World champion.

Meanwhile, American Tyson Gay has again thrown down the gauntlet to Bolt by finishing the 100m in 9.79 seconds, ahead of the Jamaican Asafa Powell and his American compatriot Michael Rodgers at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne. A world champion in 2007 and the second-fastest 100m runner of all time behind Bolt, the 30-year-old American had overcome Powell in five of their previous six encounters. Powell finished second in 9.88 and Rodgers was third in 9.96.

The Athletissima meeting was attended by the IOC president, Jacques Rogge, and some of the 89 IOC members who had voted to award the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Buenos Aires, ahead of Medellín in Colombia and Glasgow.

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Monday 13, Aug 2012

  Bolt ‘Loses All Respect’ For Carl Lewis

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After basking in his historic Olympic sprinting double, @Usain Bolt took a momentary break to fiercely criticize former US athlete Carl Lewis.

Bolt said Lewis had “lost all respect” in his eyes after the former athletic great said the doping controls of Jamaica were not as strong compared to other countries. In recent years, Lewis has said drug testing procedures in Jamaica might need to be tightened though he did not make any direct accusation. Bolt lashed out at nine-time gold-medal winner after being asked if he did like to be compared with Lewis or the great Jesse Owens. Bolt remarked he does not have respect for Carl Lewis and added that it is really downgrading for track athletes to make accusations against others athletes and Lewis did this all only to gather attention as no body really talks about him.

 

Carl Lewis vs. Usain Bolt

Carl Lewis vs. Usain Bolt

 

Lewis while talking to Sports Illustrated said that countries such as Jamaica don’t have a random testing program and this means that athletes can go on for months without being tested. He added that his statement is not meant to accuse any one of anything, but every athlete should be on a level-playing field.

Widely regarded as the fastest man ever, Usain St. Leo Bolt is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records. Bolt is the reigning Olympic champion in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 x 100 meters relay and also the first man ever to achieve the distinction of the “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 & 2012). The achievements of Usain Bolt in sprinting have earned him the media nickname “Lightning Bolt” and he is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field.

‘I have no respect for Carl Lewis’: Usain Bolt – NewsX – YouTube Video

Bolt, under the guidance of coach Fitz Coleman became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 m in under twenty seconds to take the world junior record outright with a time of 19.93 s. On May 31, 2008 Bolt established a new 100 m world record after registering a time of 9.72 s at the Reebok Grand Prix held in the Icahn Stadium in New York City and broke the record of compatriot Asafa Powell. After his return to Jamaica from Golden League final in Brussels (2008 athletics season), Bolt was selected as the IAAF Male Athlete of the year and won a Special Olympic Award for his performances and was selected in 2009 as the IAAF World Athlete of the Year for the second year running. He came second to Yohan Blake at the Jamaican trials in both 100 m and 200 m but won the Olympics 100 meters gold medal with a time of 9.63 seconds to set a new Olympic record for that distance and defending his gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

It is ironical to learn that a man himself accused of failing drug tests is accusing others of wrongdoings. The United States Olympic Committee’s director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, Dr. Wade Exum, gave copies of documents that revealed that 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were allowed to compete and Carl Lewis was one of them. The document copies revealed that Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics for pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. Lewis didn’t deny the test results and said he was treated the same as other athletes from the United States in similar positions.

 

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Friday 03, Dec 2010

  Asafa Powell urges prison terms for drug cheats

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Asafa Powell urges prison terms for drug cheatsThe former 100m world record-holder, Asafa Powell, thinks stance of athletics over doping should see drug-users sent to jail. It was remarked by Powell that a ban of two years is not enough to be a deterrent.

The Jamaican said many athletes do the drugs even though they are illegal and compete against other athletes who work hard all year.

Powell is sure that he can return to his old winning ways.

Wednesday 06, Aug 2008

  Steroid-free Olympics? An oxymoron, if you asked us

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steroids-2008olympicsWith the recent upsurge of steroid-related news making it to the mainstream media, it is now obvious how the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids has become prevalent in the world of competitive sports.

Despite the much publicized crackdown of China on steroids and performance-enhancing drugs recently, don’t expect a chemical-free Olympic Games.

And don’t let John Fahey and WADA assure you that this will be the cleanest Olympics ever, because it would not be so. To say that winners of events that require strength, endurance, and speed are steroid-free is to say that China is a totally democratic country.

And the more juiced-up athletes are caught, the more the public would think that winners are likely fueled by PEDs.

Well, we’re putting it rather mildly here.

Here’s a sterner view on China and the Olympics from Mail Online:

No one with a grain of intelligence will question that such diverse sports as cycling, in which Britain anticipates a medal haul, and weightlifting are rife with steroids.

It requires a leap of faith – of which not even the amazing Hildreth would be capable – to predict that the Beijing Games will not be blighted by drugs.

Even if that were to happen, the only rational conclusion would be that the organisers had cooked the tests to avoid killing the Peking duck. Catch 22 for the IOC is that the more cheats they reel in, the more doubting the world’s population becomes.

Even athletes who deny all guilt are acutely aware of the implications.

Top sprinters Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt acknowledge that whichever of them wins Saturday week’s 100m dash to be crowned fastest man on earth will be the subject of suspicion.

Our unlikely world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu and triathlete Tim Don – both of whom managed to overturn their British Olympic Association life bans for missing three drugs tests – complain that no matter what they achieve in the next two-and-a-half weeks they will still be stigmatised. Too right they will.

Public perception of the Olympics will not be improved by the number of convicted drugs cheats coming back from suspension around the world to compete in these Games. Beijing has more problems than termites in rotting wood . . . air pollution, Tibet, human rights, Darfur, media freedom, dog-meat on restaurant menus and typhoons threatening the sailing events, to name but a few.

Monday 28, Jul 2008

  Steroid users in jail? Expect prison guards’ request for salary hike

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AsafaPowell_steroidsIf Asafa Powell’s wish be granted, you’d see different kind of prison riots. Just imagine all those beefed-up athletes with roid rage tendencies cramped in prison cells. Incarceration definitely would not improve their disposition one bit, and this would make the work of prison guards a tad difficult.

The Jamaican sprinter wants athletes who are caught using anabolic steroids and other banned compounds to be sent to jail. Powell, the former 100m world record-holder, says a two-year ban is not enough punishment and deterrent against those who use unfair means over their competitors.

“I have no idea how it feels when people take something,” said the Jamaican yesterday. “A lot of the athletes do the drugs, they know it is illegal and they compete against other athletes who are working hard all year.

“If someone comes out and they are taking drugs and win the gold, they are robbing me of my gold medal. When people do things like that, they should be punished for it. Two years from the sport and then back, it is pretty easy. It’s for the experts to see what else they can do about it and make the athletes understand. They should be given this impression that they will go to jail if they do it.”

(Read UK’s The Guardian for the complete story)

Powell has an interesting career start. He got his first taste of the track limelight when he was disqualified at the 2003 World Championship due to false start during the quarterfinal round.  During that same event American Jon Drummond was also disqualified for the same offense. Drummond refused to acknowledge his false start with his repetitive and memorable statement ‘I did not move.’

In Athens on June 14, 2005, Powell grabbed the world record with his 9.77-second finish at the 100m. He beat American Tim Montgomery’s 2002 record of 9.78 s. Montgomery’s record was later annulled because of allegations of steroid use.

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