Usain Bolt is a genius like Muhammad Ali, says Lord Coe
03 August, 2017, 02:14
Bolt said: 'Hopefully athletes will see what's going on and understand that if they don't stop what they're doing the sport will die.
Usain Bolt may be about to bring the curtains down on his glittering career but the Jamaican sprinter looked completely at ease as he prepared for the start of the World Championships in London.
The defending 400m world champion said while he had no immediate plans to remove the one-lap sprint from his repertoire, the shorter distances would receive more attention in future.
He said: "Unbeatable. Usain Bolt has retired unbeatable over that event". "I want to explain to them what I've been through, try to motivate them, try to help other people get into the sport".
"You can have the Friday-night-in-the-pub conversations about who is best footballer or tennis player, but there is no argument about this guy in sprinting".
At last year's Rio Olympics he achieved his ultimate goal and won the triple triple - three gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games - and now he bids farewell to his competitive career with his last individual race, the 100m final (9.45pm).
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"What we will miss is the personality", Coe added.
"It's nice to have someone who has a view and fills the room and fills a stadium".
And Bolt admitted the problem of doping in athletics is a "frustrating" one for those who are clean.
The 22-year-old - who signed the most lucrative contract offered to a track and field athlete in 2015 for a reported £7.5million (8.3m euros, $9.8m) with an extra £20m in potential bonuses - is looking to improve on his Olympic bronze in the 100m and silver in the 200m last year.
These events have become part and parcel of every global championship and though Tuesday's version in east London lacked the dancing girl razzmatazz of his Rio welcome previous year, it scored heavily on nostalgia as every aspect of his stellar career was raked over anew.
"Material progress has been made but there are still issues that need to be resolved", said Rune Andersen, independent chairman of the IAAF taskforce looking into doping in Russian Federation. He's shown that he really wants to take my place.
"The main issue is that no meaningful testing is being conducted".
"It's hard to get an excuse, but we need some sort of an explanation on how they deal with this report in the most effective way", he added.
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