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Bolt refuses to comment on failed drug tests of Powell and Gay

Jamaica's sprinter Usain Bolt speaks to journalists during a news conference one day before a Diamond League athletics meet in London July 25, 2013
Jamaica's sprinter Usain Bolt speaks to journalists during a news conference one day before a Diamond League athletics meet in London July 25, 2013

Usain Bolt today refused to speculate on the failed drugs tests of fellow sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay.

Bolt, speaking ahead of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games, believes now is not the right time to discuss Jamaican Powell, who tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at national trials last month. Powell is still waiting to discover whether analysis of his 'B' sample confirms the adverse finding.

 

American sprinter Gay also tested positive for the same stimulant in an out-of-competition test in May.

 

Bolt said: "There are a lot of details yet to be discussed so I'm just sitting and waiting to see the results and what's what.

 

"There are a lot of things that haven't been done and haven't been said so I'm just waiting to see what is going on."

 

However, the 26-year-old 100m and 200m world record holder admitted athletes have to be very careful with everything they eat or drink.

 

"In life you learn anything is possible," Bolt said.

 

"You have to be very careful as an athlete because right now there are a lot of things on the banned list.

 

"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."

 

British sprinter James Dasaolu, who will compete against Bolt this weekend, added on the subject of doping: "It's not the best when it (doping) happens in your sport but we in British athletics our main concern is about educating our athletes.

 

"As Usain says, we have a nutritionist and anything you take you go and see him and it's going to be like that with up and coming athletes. It's all about education."

 

Dasaolu, 25, ran the second fastest time by a British sprinter in the semi-finals of the 100m at the British championships in Birmingham on July 13 - 9.91seconds - before pulling out of the final due to cramp. Only Gay, Powell and Justin Gatlin have run the 100m faster this year.

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