Bolt 'surprised' by dope tests

Olympic champion Usain Bolt has said the positive drug tests of sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay earlier this month are "surprising" and that "tyou ahve to be careful and know what is on the banned list" of food supplements.

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Usain Bolt told Powell to 'stay strong' after positive test

Usain Bolt signs autographs for fans at The Shard in London. Credit: PA Wire

Usain Bolt has revealed he has told Asafa Powell to "stay strong" during a brief BlackBerry message exchange since Powell tested positive for a banned substance.

Speaking in London where he competes on Friday, the Jamaican sprinter said Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay's positive drug tests were "surprising", but insisted he was clean and continuing to work hard for the "proud" people of Jamaica.

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Bolt: I just focus on myself on the track

Multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt has revealed that he just focuses and concentrates on himself on the track and does not think about other athletes.

Bolt admitted that the arrests of Jamaican athletes would set the country back a bit, but insisted that he is continuing to work hard for the "proud" people of Jamaica.

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  1. ITV News reporter Sejal Karia

Bolt: Powell and Gay's positive drugs tests 'surprising'

The 100m and 200m world record holder Usain Bolt pictured on the left. Credit: ITV News/Sejal Karia

Olympic champion Usain Bolt has described Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay's positive drug tests as "surprising" and said he is waiting to see what happens.

The sprinter said that "athletes have to be careful and know what's on the banned [food supplements] list", adding that he just follows the rules.

Lord Coe calls for 'tough' action against coaches

Former London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has called for anti-doping authorities to "get tough" with coaches, agents and physios in order to combat doping.

The positive drug tests of sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay earlier this month has led to athletics being engulfed in another doping scandal.

Lord Coe has called for anti-doping authorities to target coaches, agents and physios Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Speaking to The Times ahead of the Anniversary Games, Lord Coe said authorities needed to "get tough" with other key players in athletics:

“This is not just an athlete issue. Let’s get tough with physios and coaches and managers and agents.

“They are all part of this landscape. This is not something where we should be focusing entirely on the athlete, important as they are and responsible for everything they consume or ingest.”

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