As Usain Bolt calls time on his athletics career in London this month, the Jamaican legend gave the sporting world a stark warning.
The 30-year-old from Sherwood Content has said that if athletics does not stop athletes from doping to improve performance, then the sport will die.
“I don’t think it gets any worse than that,” Bolt told journalists before the World Championships get underway in London on Friday.
“But it’s on its way back up now. Hopefully, athletes will see what’s going on and understand that if they don’t stop what they’re doing the sport will die.
“And hopefully they will understand what the sport is going through and what they need to do as athletes to help it move forward.
“You can’t be happy about doping at all, it’s not good for the sport.
“But over the years we’re doing a better job, it’s getting clean and we’re catching up to a lot of athletes.
“There’s an understanding that, listen, if you cheat you will get caught. Over time the sport will get better.
“I said a couple of years ago it had to get really bad, when there’s nowhere else to go but up. The only way track and field has left to go is up.”
The re-percussions of doping athletes are something Bolt knows only too well.
Nesta Carter was part of the 4x100m Jamaican relay team in Beijing back in the 2008 Olympics.
Carter’s sample was among 454 samples selected by the International Olympic Committee for further testing - he was found to be positive.
Carter’s sample was found to contain the drug methylhexanamine, which has been banned by WADA since 2004.
The result meant that the entire 2008 relay team would be stripped of their Beijing gold medals.
Handing back his medal from Beijing is something that the sprinting legend described as “heartbreaking.”
Bolt has only raced three times this year, and that has led to speculation that he is the underdog for his final World Championships.
In fact, one journalist even went as far as asking him what would happen should he lose his final race.
It's safe to say Bolt wasn't impressed, and you can see his brilliant reaction below.
The 30-year-old told journalists that he was confident that he could end his prestigious career with a final golden moment.
“For some reason I am the underdog,” Bolt said.
“That is what my team keep telling me so I have to prove myself once more. But I am confident in my abilities, always. When I go out there I am fully confident and ready to go – 100%.
“The last 100m race I ran was a 9.95sec which shows I am going in the right direction. It is all about who can keep their nerves. I have been here many times and I know I am ready. It is go time.”
Athletics will be a poorer place without Usain Bolt, that’s for sure!
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