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Bolt dismayed at IAAF controversy

KINGSTON – Track and field’s golden boy Usain Bolt, says he felt “let down” by the sport’s leaders following recent doping and bribery controversies but thinks that suggestions to reset the world records – including the three that he currently holds are pointless.

Bolt, who was on Friday evening named the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year, admitted shock at the crisis currently engulfing the sport with former IAAF president Lamine Diack currently facing criminal investigations around allegations he accepted bribes to sweep positive drugs tests under the carpet.

The issues affecting the sport have also seen Russia being banned from competition after being accusations of a state-backed, systematic doping system.

This led to UK Athletics last week releasing a document “A Manifesto for clean athletics” detailing several proposals it believes will protect clean athletes and recover the sport’s credibility, including a controversial suggestion to wipe the record books clean.

The Jamaican sprinter, whose world records in the 100m (9.58), 200m (19.19) and as a member of the Jamaican 4x100m that ran 36.84 at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, would be wiped if UK Athletics has its way, admitted shock at the crisis.

“When I heard the news it was quite shocking because as far as I was concerned, they were doing a good job to clean up the sport and to hear something like that was quite shocking,” Bolt said of the troubles plaguing his sport.

“You feel let down as an athlete, from wanting to help clean up the sport and then for something like this to happen coming from the body of the sport,” Bolt noted.

The six-time Olympic and 11-time World Championships gold medal winner, however, thinks that the suggestions to erase the world records is pointless and thinks the focus should be on ensuring that the sport’s future is a positive one.

“I found it really funny, as my coach would say, you can’t change history so what they are saying (suggestions to erase records) is really pointless. What’s done is done we have to just move forward and try to make the next Olympics and World Championships and records as best as we can and look to the future. We can’t worry about the past,” Bolt added.

2 Responses to Bolt dismayed at IAAF controversy

  1. Tony Waterman January 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Of course they want to wipe the Record out, they are NOT held by a WHITE BOY, and to make it worse, they are held by a YOUNG Black Man from an Impoverished but Proud Nation, what a way to correct a problem that Mr.Bolt had absolute NOTHING to do with, why not Check the WHITE Officials at Headquaters.

    Are any Soccer players involved in the FIFA Scandal ??? NO NO NO Only The Big Wigs are allowed to Rape and Pillage the Institution.

    SO WHY TROUBLE THE CHAMPION ??? HE IS BLACK, if this shouild happen, i hope that ALL BLACK Nations let the Olympics Remain LILLY WHITE, let the Black Countries Organise their own Olympics, lets see how that will unfold.

    Remember BLACKS!!!!! if you stand for NOTHING you WILL fall for Everything, so Stand up NOW.

  2. Sage Christmas January 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Well these people is at it again, these fools burn with in to see a black boy from the West Indies can hold these world records. Don’t these wicked slave masters children, children know that after all those years of hardship handed down to our fore parent, that some day we would have risen. After all those years of run and trying to get away from their evil hand, it was certain that some day that a black man and woman would be the fastest person in the world. The UK would like to rule the world, but this world was made by God almighty, and you guys have to live with the fact that blacks are apart of God creation. I want to big up every black champion in every sport there is on this planet. We got thee pure black power push it Bolt push it. On the march get set goooooooooooooooooooooooooo 9.58. These fool now pull the tail of a sleeping Jamaican, we will smash this 9.58 and the 19.19. Tony Waterman you are head on, if we do not stand for something we will fall for everything.


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