IAAF crisis a big worry for Bolt … Slams moves to reset world records

first_imgTrack and field’s golden boy, Usain Bolt, says he felt ‘let down’ by the sport’s leaders following recent doping and bribery controversies but thinks that suggestions to reset the world records – including the three that he currently holds are pointless. Bolt, who was on Friday evening named the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year, admitted shock at the crisis currently engulfing the sport with former IAAF president Lamine Diack currently facing criminal investigations around allegations he accepted bribes to sweep positive drugs tests under the carpet. The issues affecting the sport have also seen Russia being banned from competition after being accusations of a state-backed, systematic doping system. This led to UK Athletics last week releasing a document ‘A Manifesto for clean athletics’ detailing several proposals, it believes will protect clean athletes and recover the sport’s credibility, including a controversial suggestion to wipe the record books clean. The Jamaican sprinter, whose world records in the 100m (9.58), 200m (19.19) and as a member of the Jamaican 4x100m that ran 36.84 at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, would be wiped if UK Athletics has its way, admitted shock at the crisis. “When I heard the news it was quite shocking because as far as I was concerned, they were doing a good job to clean up the sport and to hear something like that was quite shocking,” Bolt said of the troubles plaguing his sport. “You feel let down as an athlete, from wanting to help clean up the sport and then for something like this to happen coming from the body of the sport,” Bolt noted. The six-time Olympic and 11-time World Championships gold medal winner, however, thinks that the suggestions to erase the world records is pointless and thinks the focus should be on ensuring that the sport’s future is a positive one. “I found it really funny, as my coach would say, you can’t change history so what they are saying (suggestions to erase records) is really pointless. What’s done is done we have to just move forward and try to make the next Olympics and World Championships and records as best as we can and look to the future. We can’t worry about the past,” Bolt added.last_img read more

Mom wants to help others deal with loss

first_imgNow she is trying to use that pain to help other parents. “I realized that this could become what I’m all about – this woman who lost a child to a terrible illness,” she said. “I could do that, or I could be someone who does something about it, someone who uses this experience for good.” – Melissa Evans 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rahni Davies’ daughter would have been 13 on Jan. 3. Even though her daughter is gone, a mother never stops being a mother, remembering birthdays, thinking about Christmas gifts. The pain has subsided substantially since Willow died of a brain tumor six years ago. The support she received through TrinityKids Care – she was the first mother to enroll when the pediatric hospice program began in 2001 – and at The Gathering Place, a bereavement support program, was crucial, she said. “It’s taken a long time to get back on track, but we were lucky,” the Torrance mom said. “We got to hold our daughter in our arms until her last breath.” Her experience with hospice care, which allows families to care for their dying children at home, was so powerful that Davies changed her career path. She is two years into a master’s program at California State University, Dominguez Hills, studying marriage and family therapy. Davies hopes to work with grieving families, either in a hospice program or in a hospital. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“I think it helps to know exactly what they are up against,” she said. Initially, the feeling is shock and disbelief, she said. Her daughter was 5 when the family got the news that she had a brain tumor. Like most parents, she moved into a place of frenzy, desperately trying to find an experimental drug, a second, third or fourth opinion. She acknowledges she “fought it tooth and nail,” but finally put Willow in hospice, where the nurses made sure her daughter wasn’t in pain. She and her son received counseling to deal with their pain, too. After a year in a support group talking to other parents who have lost children, “I finally started to see in color again,” she said. “I didn’t even realize that the world had become black and white.” The hope that she could actually get through something like this became a reality – a day at a time. The ordeal consumed her life, but Davies was determined not let it destroy it. last_img read more