Usain Bolt stunned at Aussie drugs test order as he’s ‘not even a professional footballer yet’
The Olympic sprint legend was nonplussed by ASADA ordering him to undergo a test, while he continues a trial with A-League club Central Coast Mariners.
Bolt , who retired from athletics last year, scored twice on his first Mariners start in Friday’s friendly against Macarthur South West, but then reacted quizzically to receiving the drugs test notice on Monday.
Bolt said in an Instagram story: “So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this. How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously.”
In the video, Bolt produced a piece of paper which appeared to show ASADA’s notice requesting blood and urine had been issued by Football Federation Australia.
Bolt added: “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.”
The 32-year-old’s Mariners team-mate Ross McCormack, meanwhile, has hailed the 100m and 200m world record-holder’s chances of succeeding in his switch to football.
Scotland international forward McCormack is on loan at the A-League side from Aston Villa and has been playing alongside the Jamaican.
McCormack revealed that Bolt needed to work on his stamina because, even though he’s an ‘ absolute specimen of a human being ‘, he is used to a different type of fitness with sprinting.
But the former Rangers star believes Bolt, 32, has the talent and attributes to make it as a pro because of the “fear factor of his pace”.
“Defenders won’t want to allow him to turn or run,” he said. “They know they won’t be able to catch him.”