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SBD Global/July 26, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Usain Bolt Says He Wants To Restore Faith Of Doping-Weary Fans
Published July 26, 2013
VITAMIN B: In London, Simon Hart reported Bolt said that "the only thing he has ever taken is legal vitamins." Bolt admitted that "he was surprised by the recent drug revelations but could not comment on specifics until the details were known." He emphasized, though, that athletes "needed to take extreme care about what they consumed." Bolt: "I have vitamins that I take. Every athlete takes vitamins. But I don't really take supplements. 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" (TELEGRAPH, 7/25). REUTERS' Mitch Phillips reported Bolt "is long used to his role as his sport's beacon of hope and with every failed test his position becomes more important to athletics' credibility." Next month he will race the world championships in Moscow where his main rival is likely to be American JUSTIN GATLIN, a twice-convicted doper "now back in the big time" (REUTERS, 7/25). The London INDEPENDENT reported Bolt said he was "not surprised" that Powell and U.S. sprinter TYSON GAY had failed drug tests. Bolt: "For me, I don't say it's much of a surprise, but there is a lot of details that are still to be discussed. There's a lot of things that haven't been said, so I'm just waiting to see what happens. In life things happen and people make mistakes" (INDEPENDENT, 7/25).