Ahead of the Anniversary Games in London, six-time Olympic gold medal winning athlete Usain Bolt, 26, of Jamaica, has iterated that he is 'clean' from performance enhancing drugs. His statement follows reports that Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson failed recent tests in athletics.
Bolt, a world-record holder in 100 metres, 200m and 100m relay, believes the drug storm in track-and-field will 'set us back a bit' and implied that it will motivate him to perform well in the immediate future so that he can help 'people forget about it'.
He told the BBC: 'You have to be careful what you ingest but I'm not worried about it. As a person I make sure I'm careful. You have to trust your team. You have to keep up to date all of the time. It's hard but that's why you have a team to help you out with this kind of thing.'
While Gay represents USA, both Powell and Simpson are compatriots of Bolt and he shared with the press that he communicated with Powell by way of SMS: 'I told him I was sorry to hear what's going on and I told him to stay strong and stay focused, and hopefully everything will work out.'
He concluded: 'It's going to set athletics back a little bit, but as a person I can't really focus on this. I have the World Championships. I'm just trying to work hard, run fast.'
The Anniversary Games take place between 26 and 28 July at The Stadium; Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The World Championships are scheduled for 10-18 August at Moscow, Russia.
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