Bolt supports ban on Russian athletes

BoltUSAIN Bolt believes the decision to back a ban on Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics will scare cheats from other nations – as he showed off a plaster on his arm from a drug test.

On Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected last ditch appeals by 68 Russian track and field stars to compete in Rio after the sporting superpower was first banned from global athletics last November.

That will now put pressure on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to boot out the entire Russian team in Rio with the Games starting in two weeks.

They were waiting for the result of yesterday’s appeal before making a final decision over the coming days. It follows the damning McLaren report by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) which found evidence of Cold War-style state-sponsored doping in 30 Olympic and Paralympic sports – not just athletics.

Sprint superstar Bolt will compete over 200m at the Muller Anniversary Games on Friday at the Olympic Stadium in London – his final track outing before he defends his three gold medals in Rio. Holding up his left arm where a plaster covered the needle mark from a blood test he revealed he had been tested at the team hotel on Thursday morning.

And Bolt insisted the decision by the IAAF, the governing body of athletics, to ban the Russian track and field team – backed in the courts – will send out the strongest message to drug cheats.

He said: “This will scare a lot a lot of people. If you cheat or go against the rules then it’s a good message to show that we’re going to take serious action, that the sport is serious about cleaning up.” – DailyMail


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