WADA threat could cost Bolt millions

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt fears he will lose millions of dollars in potential sponsorship as a result of suggestions that he could be barred from competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The claim has come from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as it carried out a probe into the country’s drug testing programme for athletes.

Bolt, who was for the fifth time named the World Athlete of the Year on Saturday, said he is bothered by the threat to his ability to earn money from the sport.

Usain Bolt contract pulled“It’s really costing me money now, and I’m not too happy about that,” Bolt said.

  

“Track and field is my job, that’s the first thing. I know we’ve been going through a lot when it comes to drug-testing, WADA and the IAAF. There’s been a lot going on”.

WADA’s probe into Jamaica’s drug testing programme took place after a number of high profile Jamaican athletes tested positive for banned substances.

WADA had warned that athletes from Jamaica — like Bolt — could be prevented from competing in Rio, if Jamaican authorities did not address their concerns.

“This actually caused a lot of problems for me and my management. A sponsor came up to us and said ‘we’d like to sponsor you’. They then used an agency that does background checks to figure out if it’s viable (to sponsor) and it came back that WADA had said that I would not be eligible to run at the next Olympics,” said Bolt.

“That information is not correct, so there are a lot of things that are going on with this drugs thing that I really feel they need to clarify because, for me, it’s causing problems for me when it comes to making money from my sport”.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who was also awarded female athlete of the year over the weekend, threatened that she was prepared to strike if more support was not forthcoming from Jamaican authorities on WADA’s position.

Bolt however is not prepared to go that route with Fraser-Pryce.

  

“It’s hard for me to strike because it’s my job,” said Bolt.

“For me, it’s a big problem that they need to sort out immediately. It’s not helping any athlete at all and it’s really causing problems. We really need to get this out of the way and move past this”.

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Leroy Chambers
7 years ago

Tell WADA an “dem fren” seh fi go sort out USA an lef wi. Dem to diyam bad mine an fulla S**** like crab

Vincent White
6 years ago

DEM SEY DROWNING MAN CETCH AFTA
STRAW, yo caan fine nutin wey nutin no deh

Mitchie Bell
6 years ago

Yeah,they are using a two-pronged attack: 1.Threatening to bar Jamaican athletes,who are otherwise eligible, from the 2016 Olympics without any justification whatsoever. 2.Threatening to cancel the 200 metres sprints,men and women,to make time and space for “new” sports.Why not cancel the 5000 meters or 10000 meters which nobody watches or is really interested in? Clearly this is a much-too-obvious attempt to not merely reduce but outright kill off Jamaica’s dominance in sprint events.I can’t believe that they are really going to follow up on this or that they will be allowed to get away with it.In the final analysis,it may… Read more »

Judith Black
6 years ago

Bad mine them fi lef wi alone fi wi get more gold.

Humphrey McDonald
6 years ago

Banning the Jamaican athletes is out of JEALOUSY and FEAR that they are the BEST among the REST of the WORLD…. WADA get your act together..

Humphrey McDonald
6 years ago

Banning the Jamaican athletes is out of JEALOUSY and FEAR that they are the BEST among the REST of the WORLD…. WADA get your act together..

George Llewellyn
6 years ago

Well it was always a Jamaican dream beat the 100m under 10s and it has come to past, now jamaicans now doing better on t&f to be much better where they can make better Money and Marketing, so some one dont like that at all and we all know who they are, but jus mek dem galang dem 2 bad minded!!!

Douglas Taylor
6 years ago

WADA need to get a life and leave the Jamaican athletes alone, an go and test the athletes in the United States that is living on drugs and other steroids to beat out athletes, why cant WADA play the game fair instead of picking on Jamaica, and other small nations, wondering if they are getting pay to do this ???

Horace Gray
6 years ago

This WADA is like a group of lurking crocodiles in shallow and dirty water.

Horace Gray
6 years ago

This WADA is like a group of lurking crocodiles in shallow and dirty water.

Rayon Lewis
6 years ago

Anyone remember this, “JAMAICA STUNG BY SPELLING-BEE BAN” the Americans cannot beat us on the Tracks so they are using other methods trying to discredit our successes and prevent us from competing

Rayon Lewis
6 years ago

Anyone remember this, “JAMAICA STUNG BY SPELLING-BEE BAN” the Americans cannot beat us on the Tracks so they are using other methods trying to discredit our successes and prevent us from competing

Maxine Bennett-Allen
6 years ago

Bad mind a kill dem! In every family in JA is born an athlete so they can try whatever but they wont succeed

Neilton Bonner
6 years ago

i agree that some of the Jamaicans were caught taking banned drugs*** tell me now what is the beef that they have with the Jamaicans,,,they just can:t believe we are so great,look at the u.s.a there athletes most of them took drugs.jut to name a few Jones,gay,Justin spearmon,Drummond,Crawford,Montgomery.so tell me now what kind off goods have you have on the Jamaicans that they are going to be banned from Rio 2016,***you better come good or let the games begin ****We just come Fe show case our talent….and now matter what,we are born runners***