Bolt should stay clear of IAAF politics

first_imgThe now distinct possibility of tainted American Justin Gatlin dethroning Usain Bolt at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing has become even more of a clear and present danger to all concerned. Indeed, one IAAF presidential candidate said it loud and clear: “World athletics need Bolt to beat Gatlin in Beijing.” One former British Olympian, Darren Campbell, has taken a more convoluted approach to the scenario, expressing his hope that Gatlin beats Bolt in Beijing so that the powers that be will finally pay attention to the scourge of drug use in the sport. The entire swing of sentiments going into these World Championships is against Gatlin winning, despite him being the clear world leader in both the 100 and 200m events over the last two years. The man is like an unwelcome guest in his own house, with duty of evicting him falling to Usain Bolt. My sincere hope is that Bolt and his handlers do not make the mistake of taking onto their shoulders the wider off track intricacies of the sport, at the expense of what is good for Bolt the champion athlete and Bolt the Legend. They should leave the Justin Gatlin headache to the designated administrators of the sport. We know the erudite mind that Glen Mills possesses on all matters of track and field, in particular as it relates to Bolt. I maintain that if there is even the slightest chance of Bolt losing his sprint titles to Gatlin in Beijing, then the big Jamaican should call it a “no go”. Even at this late stage. Bolt the sprinter has nothing to prove to anyone. At this stage of his career, the preservation and protection of his legacy should be more important than trying to write the wrongs of the world governing body of the sport. The normal pressure of competition, the task of trying to get into championship winning shape this season, compounded by the threat of a hungry, motivated and feisty competitor like Gatlin is in and of itself enough to bear. The consideration of the consequences of having a two-time dope cheat becoming the face of the sport while significant, is simply not Bolt’s war to fight. The IAAF is responsible for leaving the door ajar, allowing Gatlin and others to return to the sport. They are the ones who should fix that problem, not Bolt. Bolt needs to concentrate all his energies on maintaining his status of being the world’s fastest man and the greatest sprinter ever, as an active competitor that should be his obligation to himself and to the sport. If the big Jamaican is not in shape to beat Gatlin in the next couple weeks, then he should simply step away from the track, begin the arduous task of his preparing to get into the best possible shape of his life for the Rio Olympics in 2016 and look to go out in a blaze of glory. Along the way he should stay clear of the IAAF politics.last_img read more

Romario runs for head of Brazilian federation

first_img“Many people have asked me to be a candidate. No one has fought more vigorously than me against this band. So the answer is yes, I can be a candidate,” he said on Facebook.“I meet all the criteria thanks to my contribution to football on and off the field,” said Romario, 51, who has been a senator since 2015.FIFA imposed a 90-day provisional ban from all football activities on Del Nero last Friday.The 76-year-old, a former member of the FIFA Council, is the latest prominent South American official to be banned by the sport’s governing body as part of its investigation into a vast corruption scandalDel Nero was indicted on corruption charges in the United States in December 2015. His predecessor at the CBF, Jose Maria Marin, has been on trial in New York since November alongside Paraguayan former CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout and ex-Peruvian football chief Manuel Burga.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Le sénateur et ex-star de foot brésilien Romario de Souza Faria, le 11 mai 2017 à Brasilia © AFP/File / EVARISTO SARIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Dec 20 – Brazilian former international star turned senator Romario said Wednesday he wants to run for the presidency of the country’s corruption-tainted football governing body.Romario, a striker in the 1994 World Cup winning side, said he wants to clean up the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) after FIFA’s suspension of the current head Marco Polo Del Nero, who is accused of graft.last_img read more