Following the recent failed drug test and impeding suspension of Jamaican Olympic champ Veronica Campbell-Brown, Usain Bolt’s coach Glen Mills said it was time for the government to create an accredited anti-doping lab to “ensure the purity of substances” the athletes are using for training.
“It just re-emphasizes the need for all involved to be extremely vigilant and the great need for Jamaica to establish an accredited lab so that athletes can have substances tested and verified before usage,” Mills told RJR 94FM radio in Jamaica. “It’s a minefield out there. Any substance that you take up could be contaminated.”
Mills, who also coaches 2011 world 100m champ and London silver medealist Yohan Blake, is concerned that athlete’s careers could be derailed if they can’t test substances for training. Jamaican samples are currently processed in other countries, including at WADA headquarters in Montreal.
Campbell-Brown, 31, tested positive for a banned diuretic that’s known for its use as a masking agent for performance enhancing drugs. She’s facing a two year ban from the IAAF, but wont know until next week.
The three-time gold medalist is one of a dozen Jamaican athletes who’ve faced suspensions of three months or more during the last five years, a span that’s seen Jamaica dominate track and field at the Olympics, with 23 medals won between London and Beijing. Jamaican 400m runner Dominique Blake was suspended six years on Thursday for failing a drug test in the lead up to the London Games.
Usain Bolt wants you to get into the Christmas spirit.
A video published on Bolt’s social media Wednesday morning shows a two-minute music video starring Bolt, with an entourage including backup singers. It’s titled, “Gold. Gold. Gold. Platinum.”
Though Bolt is mouthing words, unfortunately a different voice is speaking melodious lyrics such as this:
“I see the holiday lights in the sky
They shine so bright, so bright, I just want to cry
My spirit’s lifted so way up high
I feel so gifted, I feel so gifted
Because I’m run, run, running
I’m running for Christmas
And I’m sprint, sprint, sprinting
Sprinting through my wish list”
Bolt teased this video in an Instagram on Monday, but no singing means he must continue to be judged primarily off of his Queen and Kings of Leon performances at recent Oktoberfest visits in Munich.
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Michael Phelps brandishes weapons in a trailer for the upcoming video game, “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,” which is to come out Nov. 4.
Phelps, an avid Call of Duty player, filmed his spot after the Rio Olympics in Long Beach, Calif., according to reports. Actor Danny McBride is also in the 90-second video.
“We were in full getup and full armor,” Phelps said, according to Time magazine. “Where we were shooting was kind of wild. Danny and I were just playing off each other, talking trash. It was really tough to keep a straight face with him just firing off super funny comments left and right. It was fun.”
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