Prime Minister Andrew Holness Reacts To Justin Gatlin's 100m Victory Over Usain Bolt

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 10:48 AM

[Sharingbuttons]Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, has reacted to Gatlin’s victory by calling for athletes who fail drug tests to receive life bans.

“I think there should be very stringent penalties for people who use performance-enhancing drugs in sport,” he said. “It’s the only way you’re going to fully ensure that people don’t cheat in the sport.”


Holness added of Bolt: “What I’m particularly proud of is he did the work, he stuck with the sport, he worked very hard, he followed the advice of his coach, but more than that, he kept clean.

“I think that adds so much to the value of what he has managed to achieve, being a sportsman who has managed to achieve all these things without even the slightest suggestion of any performance-enhancing. That is the value of his contribution, that he can do all these great things, all these superhuman things, without any performance enhancement, no suggestion of cheating, I think that has capped his career.”

In what was Bolt’s final individual race before retirement, the 11-time world champion could only take third place, behind United States sprinters Gatlin and Christian Coleman.

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