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Usain Bolt separated from top challengers at final Jamaican meet

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Usain Bolt will race against almost all of his top Jamaican rivals at his final meet on home soil on Saturday. Except for his closest competitor and training partner, plus arguably the most impressive sprinter this year.

The Racers Grand Prix provisional start lists have Bolt in a 100m heat with fellow Jamaican Olympians Asafa PowellNesta CarterMichael Frater and Nickel Ashmeade.

It will mark Carter’s first race with Bolt since Bolt and the Jamaican 2008 Olympic 4x100m relay team had to return their gold medals due to Carter’s positive retest of a doping sample from the Beijing Games.

Yohan Blake, who took silver behind training partner Bolt in the 2012 Olympic 100m and 200m, is in a different 100m heat than Bolt on Saturday night. Blake’s heat also includes South African Akani Simbine, who has broken 10 seconds a total of six times already this year.

Blake and Simbine finished fourth and fifth in the Rio Olympic 100m won by Bolt. They are the only Rio Olympic 100m finalists at the Racers Grand Prix after American Trayvon Bromell withdrew.

Bromell hasn’t raced since the Rio Olympics after undergoing Achilles surgery but is planning to compete at the U.S. Championships in two weeks, his agent said Tuesday.

Bolt has four meets left before retirement — Racers, Ostrava on June 28, Monaco on July 21 and the world championships in London in August.

Bolt hasn’t lost an individual race in four years.

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Does Lance Armstrong believe doping contributed to cancer?

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Lance Armstrong said on Sunday’s ESPN film “Lance” that he didn’t know whether he got testicular cancer because of his doping in the early-to-mid 1990s.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “And I don’t want to say no because I don’t think that’s right, either. I don’t know if it’s yes or no, but I certainly wouldn’t say no. The only thing I will tell you is the only time in my life that I ever did growth hormone was the 1996 season [before being diagnosed with moderate to advanced cancer in October 1996]. So just in my head, I’m like ‘growth, growing, hormones and cells.’ Like, if anything good needs to be grown, it does. But wouldn’t it also make sense that if anything bad is there, that it, too, would grow?”

Armstrong was asked a similar question by Oprah Winfrey in his January 2013 doping confession.

“Do you think that banned substances contributed to you getting cancer?” Winfrey asked.

“I don’t think so,” Armstrong said then. “I’m not a doctor, I’ve never had a doctor tell me that or suggest that to me personally, but I don’t believe so.”

That was not the first time doping and cancer were part of the same conversation.

Teammate Frankie Andreu and then-fiancee Betsy said that Armstrong told a doctor on Oct. 27, 1996, at Indiana University Hospital that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs; EPO, testosterone, growth hormone, cortisone and steroids.

Armstrong said he probably began doping at age 21, in 1992 or 1993.

“I remember when we were on a training ride in 2002, Lance told me that [Michele] Ferrari [the infamous doctor who provided performance-enhancing drugs] had been paranoid that he had helped cause the cancer and became more conservative after that,” former teammate Floyd Landis said in 2011, according to Sports Illustrated.

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Cortina requests to postpone Alpine skiing worlds from 2021 to 2022

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The Italian Winter Sports Federation was making a formal request on Monday to postpone next year’s world Alpine skiing championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo until March 2022.

Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò revealed the plans during an interview with RAI state TV on Sunday night.

Considering the fallout in Italy from the coronavirus pandemic, Malagò said “this is the best solution” in order to avoid the championships being canceled or shortened.

“It’s a decision in which we both lose but we realize this is the best — or maybe the only thing — to do,” Malago said.

The Italian federation confirmed that the proposal would be presented during an International Ski Federation (FIS) board meeting Monday. The Italian federation added that the decision to make the proposal was made jointly by the organizing committee in Cortina, the Veneto region and the Italian government.

It will be up to FIS to decide on any postponement.

Cortina was already forced to cancel the World Cup Finals in March this year due to the advancing virus, which has now accounted for more than 30,000 deaths in Italy.

Moving the worlds to March 2022 would put the event one month after the Beijing Olympics and likely force FIS to cancel that season’s finals in Méribel and Courchevel, France.

The Cortina worlds are currently scheduled for Feb. 7-21, 2021.

Worlds are usually held every other winter, in odd years.

Cortina is also slated to host Alpine events during the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics.

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