I’m pretty sure he’s straight. Edge, I mean. Not the other kind. I mean I’m pretty sure he’s that too. But if I had to choose one type of straight for him to be, I’d definitely choose the drug-free kind.
But he’s been getting flak on this from all corners of the track world – fellow athletes, the IOC, WADA, and this guy of whom I’ve never heard but who seems to think anyone in track is on drugs. People wondering idly in the comfort of their own homes are probably saying things like, “That Jamaican kid, he’s gotta be on somethin’ right?”
I don’t want to believe that. I like to think we Jamaicans are above petty things like doping in sports, and racism. First of all, where would we even get the funds to afford the kind of high-tech drug that Usain is allegedly using? Think about it: it would have to be more effective that Tyson Gay’s drugs and be difficult to catch on drug tests (for which Bolt has never tested positive). That don’t come cheap. We can’t even afford to send an entire Olympic team to London, much less buy super-drugs for one athlete. And why wouldn’t we have done it for Asafa?
Like I said, I don’t want to believe it. Lord knows we bandooloo better (worse?) that the rest of them, and there is not a loophole Jamaicans haven’t crawled through. Rule #34 of Jamaican life: If the law exists, it can be thwarted. But I also know that we have some truly amazing, awe-inspiring, (my fellow countrymen would say, God-given) talent that surpasses any kind of standards you previously held us to. Bob Marley. Marcus Garvey. Rex Nettleford. (Maybe Bob wasn’t the best example for an anti-doping discussion).
My point is, I’m 90% sure that Usain Bolt’s drug regimen is nothing but Mama Bolt’s home-cooked Trelawny yam and cassava.
How sceptical are you about the athletes who win medals, bearing in mind that nearly 60 athletes have been stripped of their medals for doping since the 1968 Olympics?