Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Bolt calls on cheats to clean up act for sake of athletics

Bolt calls on cheats to clean up act for sake of athletics

Bolt has raced only three times this season, and last month appeared to be struggling with a back injury, but he insisted he was still the man to beat in the 100m, the qualifying rounds for which start on Friday.

The 11-times world and eight-times Olympic champion said athletics reached rock bottom after Russian Federation was booted out in 2015 over it's wide-ranging doping programme.

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In an era blighted by doping scandals, the Jamaican has nearly single-handedly kept the sport afloat but his commanding reign will come to an end when he retires after next month's world championships, finally allowing other sprinters a look-in.

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Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder, has been the dominant figure in athletics for nearly a decade.

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Meanwhile, the IAAF has voted unanimously to maintain Russia's ban from global track and field competition as there are still issues that need to be resolved regarding the country's anti-doping fight.

Coe likened the Jamaican to former world heavyweight champion and one of sport's most iconic figures Ali.

"If he runs 100m and 200m, hopefully, he'll run fast times and get some energy back and other athletes can see where they can also help", added Bolt.

"One thing I hope they understand is that we have a doping problem and if they continue in that way the sport will die and hopefully they understand that", said the 30-year-old.

Usain Bolt has warned dopers they risk killing athletics and urged them to clean up their act for the sake of the sport.

Bolt will line up in the 100m heats on Friday, with the final to be held at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

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"One person can help keep the sport up, but to keep the sport alive, one person cannot do that".

"It's hard to get an excuse, but we need some sort of an explanation on how they deal with this report in the most effective way", he added.

However, his unprecedented "triple triple" of nine gold medals was downgraded to eight after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter, part of the quartet who won the 4x100m in Beijing, tested positive for a banned substance.

American veteran Justin Gatlin is backing de Grasse to take over Bolt's mantle.

Defiant, he told reporters his career will end his career as 100m world champion.

Former 100 metres world record holder Donovan Bailey has backed Usain Bolt to bow out in triumph at the World Championships later this week despite his slow build-up to the athletics showpiece. "I know I am ready".

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"It's a championship, it's a final". I know I'm ready. It's all about who can keep their nerves.

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