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Usain Bolt unhappy with having to appear doping tests before turning professional

Written by: Shivam Tiwari

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The 32-year-old former Olympic champion is on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners FC.

Usain Bolt was left shocked after he received a notice from Australian anti-doping authority. For Bolt, it felt as a matter of surprise as "he's not even a professional footballer yet". Bolt is on a trial with A-League club Central Coast Mariners and the former sprinter has already been making appearances for the club in friendlies. Bolt scored twice for the Mariners after starting for the first time. But the Olympic legend clearly is not okay with ASADA asking him to appear for the anti-doping tests even before he turns professional. The Jamaican took his rage to the Instagram where he posted the video that has a piece of paper which shows ASADA's notice requesting blood and urine had been issued by Football Federation Australia.

Bolt, along with the video, posted: "So guys I've retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this. How am I going to get a drug test today? I'm not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously."

"So I asked the lady, 'Why am I getting drug tested when I haven't signed for a club yet?' and she said they told her I'm an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then."

While the superstar sprinter has had an off day, his teammates seem to come to his rescue. Scottish forward and his teammate at the A-League club, Ross McCormack gave Bolt a lift. According to the Scottish international, Bolt won't find it very difficult to make his way into professional football.


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The player on loan from Aston Villa gave a pat to his new striking partner's abilities and also had some words of advice for him. McCormack suggested Bolt to work on his stamina and pointed out the fact that his pace would be the x-factor for him to succeed.

McCormack said, “Defenders won’t want to allow him to turn or run. They know they won’t be able to catch him.”

Published: Mon Oct 15, 2018 08:50 PM IST

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