A 16-year-old from New Jersey is traveling with some fast company ― all the way to Rio.
As a kid growing up in the tiny Jamaican village of Sherwood Content, which offers little in the way of traffic lights or reliable running water, it was the game of cricket, not track, that became Usain Bolt’s first love. Early in the morning he’d watch the sport live on TV with his father, huddled around a tiny set in his bedroom, then spend hours on the cricket pitch after school. So when Bolt’s high school cricket coach broke the news to him early on that his preternatural speed might be better suited for the track, it took some convincing, and long talks with his father, for Bolt to put aside his dreams of cricket glory and give running a shot.
Calling it a wake-up call for a sport in a “shameful” position, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said Russia will be banned from next year’s Olympics unless it convinces the world it has cleaned up its act on doping.