Australia's anti-doping authority has defended its decision to test Usain Bolt after the former Olympic sprint champion questioned why he had been selected while he is on trial with A-League club Central Coast Mariners.
The eight-time gold medallist reacted with surprise after receiving a notice for a drugs test on Monday, just days after scoring his first goals in a friendly for the club.
In a video posted on Instagram story, Bolt said: "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."
While Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) refused to discuss Bolt's case specifically it pointed out the Jamaican fell within their remit.
"ASADA cannot discuss specific testing missions," said a statement.
"Effective testing programs are critical to protect the integrity of sport and the right of athletes to compete on a level playing field."
Australia's national anti-doping scheme applies to any athlete who is competing in a sport which has an anti-doping policy, as Football Federation Australia (FFA) does.
Rule 25 of FFA's national anti-doping policy 2015 states the policy applies to all participants, including athletes "registered with, compete, train or trial with any club, team, association or league involved in our sport".
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Usain Bolt scored a brace as he opened his Central Coast Mariners account in a 4-0 win against Macarthur South West United.
After a relatively quiet first half, Bolt came alive in the 57th minute when he showed his pace and strength to outmuscle a defender and buried a left foot strike past Eze Consoni.
The goal appeared to lift a weight off the Jamaican's shoulders as he bids to win a professional contract with the A-League outfit.
He brought out his trademark celebration after scoring his first Mariners goal, the striker being played in by McCormack on the left, shrugged off a United defender and fired in low beating Consoni at the near post.
His second came 12 minutes later when he showed a striker's instinct and took advantage of a horrible mix-up between defender and goalkeeper to tap in from a couple of yards out.
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