Usain Bolt To Undergo Drug Test
- Author: Michelle Webb Oct 22, 2018,
Oct 22, 2018, 0:17
Speaking after Bolt's two-goal display Friday, Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp stressed that "it was too early to tell" if the club would offer him a full-time deal.
The Jamaican legend is now deciding whether to continue to fight for an A-League contract, or instead take up an offer to join reigning Maltese champions Valletta FC, whose new UAE owners are bidding to lead the club into the Champions League.
Despite his displeasure, it appears the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority guidelines mean he is eligible to be tested. "You sell him, so be it, that's the tough world of professional football".
Serbian striker Andrija Majdevac, who plays for Balzan, has trained alongside Bolt with the Mariners and featured alongside him in Bolt's first match with a professional side against a Central Coast XI select team in late August.
"A champion is always welcome and at Valletta FC we believe nothing is impossible", the club's managing director and CEO Ghasston Slimen said.
"How am I going to get drug tested today?"
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Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said Bolt has until January at the latest to show the team what he can do on the pitch.
According to a report from ESPN, Valletta FC, the champions of the small island, were taken over by Abu Dhabi-based Sanban Group in September.
The Australian agent who arranged Bolt's trial with the Mariners declined to confirm or deny the reports when contacted by AFP on Tuesday.
Bolt chose to take on a career in professional football after retiring from track and field in 2016. Bolt said in a video he posted on Instagram, holding up a pink slip of paper requesting a blood and urine test.
"The ball is very much in the Mariners court".
"If they get to that [signing] point, then we'll look at what's feasible for us, but it can't be for the marquee player fund", he said.
The 32-year-old previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.