Bolt right to defend coach insists McLeod

By Sports Desk July 24, 2019
Omar McLeod. Omar McLeod.

Reigning 100m World Champions Omar McLeod believes former world’s fastest man Usain Bolt was well within his rights to defend longtime coach Glen Mills.

The decorated Olympian and sprint icon set off a social media storm in recent weeks when he was highly critical of the work attitude of some of the current crop of sprinters, following criticism of veteran coach Mills.

  In recent weeks, multiple athletes affiliated to the Racers Track Club had written social media pieces critical of the coach and the operation of the now-famous club.  In a terse response, Bolt suggested that the athletes had only themselves to blame for any lack of success, accusing them of not working hard enough.  While admitting that he did not know enough about the issue, McLeod claims to understand the sprinter’s defense of the coach.   

“I don’t know about what happened in-depth, I’ve seen the interview.  I’m really happy he made the decision to speak up for his coach.  It can be a thing when athletes don’t get what they want they try to point fingers and blame other people,” McLeod told Nuffin’ Long Athletics.

 “Nobody knows the extent of what happened, I don’t so I don’t want to speak of it but I just think it was good of him to come out and speak because he and his coach have had a really good career and I guess he is a father figure to Usain Bolt.”

Related items

  • 'Lacklustre' Reggae Boyz underrated opponents claims assistant coach Waite 'Lacklustre' Reggae Boyz underrated opponents claims assistant coach Waite

    Jamaica Reggae Boyz assistant coach Jerome Waite believes the team was guilty of underrating its opposition in an uninspiring 2-0 win over lesser-ranked Aruba in Nation’s League action at the National Stadium on Saturday.

    In the end, the Jamaicans scraped out a win courtesy of goals from Devon Williams and Shamar Nicholson but much more had been expected with approximately 129 places between the teams in the rankings.  It was the second time the Jamaicans faced the inhabitants of the tiny island, with a population of somewhere in the region of 106,314. 

    Visibly annoyed spectators at the Jamaica National Stadium, galled by the home team’s misplaced passes and sloppy turnovers, clearly expected a result similar to the 6-0 beating administered to the visitors during a 1997 Caribbean Cup fixture.

    “We won 2-0 and it could have been better, but we looked a little lacklustre,” Waite said following the match.

    “One of the things that I believe contributed to that is that the opposition didn’t seem to have much to offer, so we went into a super-slow gear.  It’s not what we are capable of doing and when we play better opposition we have a tendency to rise to the occasion,” he added.

    “Despite that, we have to understand that it’s a job and it’s our duty to continue doing what we need to do, which is to play our best at all times,” he added.

     

     

     

  • Puerto Rico extends lead over Jamaica on day two of Carib four-ball championships Puerto Rico extends lead over Jamaica on day two of Carib four-ball championships

    Puerto Rico extended its lead over Jamaica to three points at the end of day two of the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championships currently underway at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. 

  • Nike to close Oregon Project after Salazar ban Nike to close Oregon Project after Salazar ban

    Nike has decided to close down the Oregon Project less than a fortnight after coach Alberto Salazar was banned from athletics for four years.

    The United States Anti-Doping Agency sanctioned Salazar, former coach of long-distance great Mo Farah, at the start of this month after he was found guilty of multiple anti-doping violations.

    Nike on Friday confirmed it will continue to back Salazar with his appeal, but the Oregon Project will be brought to an end.

    A company spokesperson said: "Nike has always tried to put the athlete and their needs at the front of all of our decisions.

    "While the panel found there was no orchestrated doping, no finding that performance enhancing drugs have ever been used on Oregon Project athletes and went out of its way to note Alberto's desire to follow all rules, ultimately Alberto can no longer coach while the appeal is pending.

    "This situation including uninformed innuendo and unsubstantiated assertions has become an unfair burden for current OP athletes. That is exactly counter to the purpose of the team.

    "We have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project to allow the athletes to focus on their training and competition needs.

    "We will help all of our athletes in this transition as they choose the coaching set-up that is right for them. We will continue to support Alberto in his appeal."

    Japanese athlete Suguru Osako, who joined the Oregon Project four years ago, expressed his disappointment over the decision.

    He tweeted: "I am sad that the dear team that made me stronger will be gone. But I will keep exploring myself and I will continue being myself.

    "As Nike has expressed their commitment to continuing support as they have, my activities will not be disrupted at all."

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.