With the World Championships getting underway at the Olympic Stadium in London, this Friday, World record holder, Usain Bolt, has kicked against the use of performance enhancing drugs, as he prepares for his last outing.
Bolt was speaking at the press conference ahead of this weekend’s 2017 IAAF world athletics championship, and his advice comes after the clampdown on Russia and her athletes, who were handed a two-year ban for systemic doping.
The 30-year-old, who holds both the 100m and 200m titles, insisted that dopers are threatening the future of athletics.
“Personally I think it went there after the scandal on Russia,” Bolt said. “It can’t get worse than that, it’s on its way up again. Hopefully athletes will understand if they don’t stop what they’re doing the sport will die.
“You can’t be happy about doping at all, it’s not good for the sport. But over the years we’re doing a better job, it’s getting clean and we’re catching up to a lot of athletes.
“There’s an understanding that, listen, if you cheat you will get caught. Over time the sport will get better.
“I said a couple of years ago it had to get really bad, when there’s nowhere else to go but up. The only way track and field has left to go is up. We’re going to go in the right direction and I’m happy about that situation.
“Doping is always a bad thing and it’s never pleasant because you put in the hard work and the sport starts going forward and then you have other guys bringing it back, it’s hard. It’s going in the right direction so hopefully it will continue in that direction.”
Meanwhile, Bolt, who is competing at the championship for the very last time, says he’s ready to protect his legacy and end on a high.
“Unbeatable. Usain Bolt has retired unbeatable over that event,” he added. For me that will be the biggest headline – unbeatable and unstoppable.
“Come on, you guys know if I show up at a championship, if I am here, you know I am fully confident and ready to go.
“I am confident in my abilities, always. When I go out there I am fully confident and ready to go – 100 per cent.
“The last race was 9.95 seconds which shows I’m going in the right direction. It’s a championships, it’s a final, it’s about who can keep their nerves and who is ready to challenge. I know I’m ready and it’s go time.