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Usian Bolt urges strong message against doping, supports CAS ruling

Jamaican sprint champion Usian Bolt said, "This (CAS ruling) will scare a lot of people or send a strong message that sport is serious and we want to clean the sport up so I definitely think so." Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters London, United Kingdom Jul 21, 2016, 01.39 PM (IST)
Olympic champion Usain Bolt said on Thursday it is good for authorities to send a "strong message" against doping.

When asked about the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to reject Russia's appeal against its ban from Rio Olympics athletics, Bolt said: "For me, if you have the proof and you catch somebody I definitely feel that you should take action and if you feel like banning the whole team is the right action then I'm all for it. As I said rules are rules and doping violations is getting really bad and so if you feel like you need to make a statement then thumbs up."

The Jamaican sprint champion added, "If you're cheating then I always feel it's a good message to show that, listen, if you cheat or you go against the rules then we're going to take serious action. This will scare a lot of people or send a strong message that sport is serious and we want to clean the sport up so I definitely think so."

The ruling by the CAS, sport's highest tribunal, will be taken into consideration by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as it ponders whether to impose a blanket ban on Russia from all sports.

(Reuters)
 
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