The Football Federation Australia has issued a notice of drug test to Olympic sprint legend, Usain Bolt despite his retirement from athletics and having no professional contract as he launched his football career.
The drug test notice demands collecting Bolt’s urine and blood for test.
Bolt took to his Instagram and posted, “So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” as he zoomed in on the notice.
“How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously,” said Bolt.
“So I asked the lady, ‘Why am I getting drug tested when I haven’t signed for a club yet?’ and she said they told her I’m an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then.”
Bolt who retired from athletics last year is yet to be offered a professional contract by the Australia’s Central Coast Mariners where he is currently on trial.
Despite his displeasure, it appears the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority guidelines mean he is eligible to be tested. Their legislation defines an athlete as a “person who competes in sport” if “the sport has an anti-doping policy”.
Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion, dominated sprinting after taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He is now bidding to become a professional footballer and he made his case on Friday last week by scoring two goals for the Mariners in a pre-season friendly.
Bolt has been handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in order to pursue his football dream