Bolt returns Beijing Olympic gold medal, willing to help with appeal
Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports
Sprinting superstar Usain Bolt confirmed that he has already returned his 4x100m relay gold medal from the Beijing Olympic Games but indicated that he is willing to contribute to the expense of an appeal if necessary.
The sprinter underlined that he is not pleased with the situation but that he will not allow it to undermine his focus this season, while adding that the lost medal does not affect his legacy.
Bolt along with Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, Dwight Thomas and Nesta Carter, who was on Wednesday disqualified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from the 2008 Games after retroactively testing positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine, all handed over their medals to the Jamaica Olympic Association this morning.
"It's rough that I have to give back one of my medals and I already gave it back because it was of course required by the IOC," Bolt told The Gleaner.
"I'm not happy about it but it's just one of those things that happen in life but I can't allow that to deter me from my focus this season, so I am focused but I am not pleased about the situation," Bolt added.
"I think I've still accomplished a lot, this hasn't changed what I have done throughout my career. I have worked hard and pushed and done things that no one have done before. I have won three gold medals over the 100m and 200m, which no one has ever done before," he added.
On whether or not he will help to pay the expected $13 million to the Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal, Bolt noted: "That's up to my management there are a lot of variables so we will discuss that and see where we go from there, but if it's necessary (I will help)."