Usain Bolt describes racist abuse of England trio as ‘horrible’ and ‘unfair’


Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt instructed Reuters that racism has no place in soccer or in society after three England gamers confronted on-line abuse following their penalty shootout defeat to Italy within the Euro 2020 last on Sunday.

England trio Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who missed their spot kicks within the shootout, have been focused on-line within the wake of England’s defeat.“You can be upset at a person for missing because we are human, but if you’re going to bring race into it, then it has no place in football or just in general,” Jamaican Bolt stated in Kingston on Tuesday.

Bolt, who gained the 100m and 200m double at three consecutive Olympics from 2008 to 2016, described the racial abuse directed on the gamers as horrifying.“First of all that’s horrible to know… for me it’s very tough to see these things. As an African and a Black person, I can tell it must be rough on them and you can’t blame these guys, they don’t make the decision of who takes the penalties,” Bolt added.

“It’s football, you win some, you lose some and it’s tough for you to lose. I’ve gone through it with my team, but I won’t curse anybody or try to put them down when it comes to race or anything. We are all going to be upset when you miss a penalty, but when it gets to race then, it’s going to be a problem you understand,” added Bolt, who gained 11 world championship gold medals.

England’s Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Bukayo Saka, from left, attain out to Marcus Rashford after he missed a penalty within the penalty shootout of the Euro 2020 soccer last match between England and Italy at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Laurence Griffiths/Pool through AP)

“It (racial abuse) was very unfair and I can’t believe this is where football is headed, I’ve loved football through my entire career, I’ve followed all these players … so it tough to see something like that going on,” the Jamaican added.

The English Football Association in an announcement stated it was “appalled” by the abuse of the three gamers.”We will do all we will to help the gamers affected whereas urging the hardest punishments attainable for anybody accountable,” the FA assertion stated.

Bolt tells Richardson to refocus and return after hashish ban

Sha’Carri Richardson, Usain Bolt Sha’Carri Richardson’s optimistic take a look at nullified her win at Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, final month and the spot that went with it for Tokyo within the 100. (Reuters File Photo)

Usain Bolt stated he hopes American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson can “refocus” and get again on the observe after she completes a one-month ban following a optimistic take a look at for hashish.

“Hopefully she can learn from this and just push on,” Bolt instructed Reuters when requested concerning the American’s failed take a look at for the banned substance, which price her a spot on the U.S. workforce for the Olympics in Tokyo.

“I know she has gone through a lot, you understand, but I hope she can refocus and just push on and do her best because she looks like a really talented athlete,” he added.Bolt, nonetheless, stated athletes wanted to compete inside the guidelines.

“I’ve always explained to people that the rules are the rules. I’ve been saying this throughout my years, when it comes to drugs, I have nothing to say, but the rules are the rules. If they say you should do this and this is the rule, that is the rule,” stated the Jamaican.

Cannabis is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) but when athletes can show that ingestion is unrelated to efficiency, then a suspension of three months slightly than the standard two or 4 years is imposed.If an athlete is prepared to undertake an accredited remedy programme in collaboration with their nationwide anti-doping physique, then the ban could be diminished to at least one month.

Richardson was aiming to change into the primary American girl to win the Olympic 100m title since Gail Devers in 1996 after posting 10.72 seconds in April – one of her 5 runs beneath 11 seconds this season.


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