Bolt fears loosing sponsorship

Usain Bolt.
AP Photo/PA, Sean Dempsey
AP Photo/PA, Sean Dempsey

Sprint icon Usain Bolt fears he will lose millions of dollars in potential sponsorship as a result of suggestions that he could be barred from competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The claim has come from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as it carried out a probe into the country’s drug testing program for athletes.

Bolt who was for the fifth time named the World Athlete of the Year recently, said he is bothered by the threat to his ability to earn money from the sport.

“It’s really costing me money now, and I’m not too happy about that,” Bolt said. “Track and field is my job, that’s the first thing. I know we’ve been going through a lot when it comes to drug-testing, WADA and the IAAF. There’s been a lot going on.”

WADA’s probe into Jamaica’s drug-testing program took place after several high-profile Jamaican athletes tested positive for banned substances.

WADA had warned that athletes from Jamaica –like Bolt- could be prevented from competing in Rio, if Jamaican authorities did not address their concerns.

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