In the aftermath of the recent positive drug tests of Tyson Gay and compatriot Asafa Powell, world record holder Usain Bolt claimed that he had never taken illegal drugs and that he is clean.
Bolt, who is considered one of the greatest sprinters ever, said that it was natural talent that enabled him to be so successful from such an early age.
“If you’ve been following me since 2002, you would know I’ve been doing phenomenal things since I was 15,” he said at a press conference. “I was the youngest person to win the world juniors. I ran the world youth record at 17. I’ve broken every record there is in every event I’ve ever done. For me, I’ve proven myself since I was 15. I’m just living out my dream now.
“I was made to inspire people and made to run. I was given a gift and that’s what I do. I know I’m clean, so I’m just going to continue running and using my talent and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Bolt also added a word of caution, stating that athletes should be extremely careful about what they consume and have a trustworthy support staff to ensure that one remains free of drugs.
He said: “I have vitamins that I take. Every athlete takes vitamins. But I don’t really take supplements.”
He added: “I’m clean. You have to be careful as an athlete, but I’m not worried because I have a great team around me. As a person I make sure I’m careful as well. You have to trust the people around you because they check everything you’re taking to make sure it’s not on the banned list. They read the fine print.”
When asked about how badly fellow Jamaican Powell’s case had affected his countrymen, Bolt said:
“I know it must be hard. It must be harsh. As Jamaicans, we’re very proud of our athletes because we brought glory to the country, so it’s kind of rough. Hopefully this will work out. I just have to continue working hard and bring glory to my country.”