WADA doing a good job - Bolt

May 19, 2016
Bolt speaks during a press conference in Prague yesterday. AP Photo

 

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (AP):

For Usain Bolt, the announcement that 31 athletes were caught doping in retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics was "really bad news".

"It's rough. It's rough in the sport," the Jamaican great said yesterday. "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 Anti-Doping 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 will run in the 100 metres at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava tomorrow, his first race in Europe ahead of the Rio Games.

He said he believed that the crackdown could prove successful.

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

Tomorrow's race will be his second 100m after clocking 10.05 seconds in the Cayman Islands on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Jamaican has not given up his goal to break his own 200m world record of 19.19, set in 2009.

World records

"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.

"I'm 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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