Footballer Bolt surprised by demand for drugs test

Deanna Kelley
October 16, 2018

Usain Bolt was left stunned when he was handed a drug testing notice, despite retiring from athletics and not yet being given a contract from Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt, 32, has been on trial with A-League club, Central Coast Mariners, since arriving in Australia in August as he bids to pursue a boyhood dream of becoming a footballer since retiring from athletics past year.

Having provided Usain Bolt a platform to showcase his worth and invested nearly two months of toil, Central Coast risk quickly losing sight of the world's fastest man and football's most famous trialist.

The 100m world record-holder quit athletics previous year and is yet to be offered a deal by Australia's Central Coast Mariners, where he is now on trial.

It is said that a club from southern Europe in a top flight league with new owners, Champions League ambitions and due to play in a "cup final" quite soon have offered a two-year contract.

"Usain Bolt broke the record in Beijing (Olympics) in 2008, and I have followed him for the last year-and-a-half on his football journey".

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Discussing speculation that Bolt could first sign for the Mariners and then be sold on to the European club, Koch said on breakfast TV show "Sunrise": "So the Mariners sell him for money, they make a lot of money out of it?".

Their legislation defines an athlete as a "person who competes in sport" if "the sport has an anti-doping policy".

Tony Rallis, who is working as Bolt's agent during his stint in the land down under, spoke to ESPN about the interest.

Koch took to Twitter to post an apology, although appeared to dig himself an even bigger hole with the explanation that "there's no slavery any more".

The self professed Manchester United fan has had trials with clubs in Europe including the 2013 Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund.

"Usain Bolt will continue his indefinite training period with the Central Coast Mariners until any further notice", Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said in a statement on Tuesday.

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