Bolt puzzled by Australian anti-doping test

Usain Bolt during the pre-season friendly match between the Central Coast Mariners and Macarthur South West United at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on October 12, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

Usain Bolt has complained that he has been given notice for a drugs test from the Australian anti-doping authority (Asada), pointing out that he is no longer a professional sportsman.

Bolt is currently on trial at Australia’s A-League football club Central Coast Mariners.

The 100m world record holder scored twice for the Mariners on Friday in a friendly match against Macarthur South West which ended as a 4-0 win.

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In an Instagram post on Monday morning, Bolt said he was being tested as he is an “elite athlete” despite retiring from athletics in 2017.

Bolt said: “So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” attaching a picture of the notice.

An image of what appears to be a drug test notice, posted to Instagram by Usain Bolt. Image courtesy of Instagram.

“How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously.

“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.”

Bolt falls under the Asada definition of an athlete as he “competes in sport and who is subject to the National Anti‑Doping Scheme”.