The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt has labelled the latest doping revelations as another rough patch for the sport of track and field.
The sport has found itself battling a tarnished reputation following seemingly endless waves of doping scandals in recent years.
Yesterday an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announcement suggested track and field should brace for another round of scandal as 31 athletes that were caught in re-tests of Beijing 2008 samples could be banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
“For me, it’s rough, it’s rough on the sport. Something that’s been tarnishing the sport for years,” Bolt said of the latest doping revelations.
The Jamaican double world record holder, however, commended the various watchdog bodies for doing a good job of ensuring that those who did cross the line were punished.
“They are doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport. They’ve proven that anybody who has cheated, they’re going to catch,” Bolt said of agencies like WADA.
The athlete will take part in the 100 metres at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava this Friday, his second race of the season following his season opener in the Cayman Islands last week.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) retested 454 selected doping samples from the 2008 Games in Beijing.
The IOC said the retests were conducted using the very latest scientific analysis methods.
It also revealed it is awaiting the results of 250 retests from the 2012 Olympics in London.
“All these measures are a powerful strike against the cheats we do not allow to win,” IOC president Thomas Bach said.
“They show once again that dopers have no place to hide. We keep samples for 10 years so that the cheats know that they can never rest.
“By stopping so many doped athletes from participating in Rio, we are showing once more our determination to protect the integrity of the Olympic competition.”
More than 4,500 tests were carried out at the Beijing Games in 2008 but just nine athletes were caught cheating.
The IOC said the retests were focused on athletes who could potentially take part in Rio.
It added 12 affected national Olympic associations would be informed in the coming days.
However, the IOC said it would not be revealing the names of athletes who had returned adverse findings until B-samples had been tested and individuals informed.