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Words of wisdom for Bolt from Lamine Diack

Posted by Dresonic on May 20, 2009

MONACO (AP) – IAAF president Lamine Diack has reminded triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt of his “responsibility” as a champion.

BOLT… key athlete in sport of track & field

Diack said yesterday he has spoken to the 22-year-old Jamaican sprinter about the extra pressures he would face following his stunning performances in Beijing last August.

“You’re the key athlete in our sport and you have a responsibility,” Diack told a small group of reporters. “He’s not a movie star or singer – he’s a champion. (So) if you are fit, you make the performance or you are finished.”

Bolt won three gold medals in Beijing last year, all in world record times, but has made off-the-track headlines since then by being photographed in nightclubs, talking about marijuana use and crashing his car last month.

“Now you have a major responsibility,” Diack said he told Bolt. “Now you are the major star.”

Bolt set world records in the 100 and 200 at Beijing and was a member of the record-breaking relay team.
He beat Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey’s time in the rarely run 150 metres on Sunday in a street race in Manchester, England. Diack praised his performance but said he doesn’t expect street races to become a trend.

“Our sport is in the stadium. The future is not on the street,” Diack said. “This is only for promotion.”

Diack spoke on the day the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced a three-year sponsorship deal with Samsung. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Diack said the agreement followed six years of talks with the Korean electronics company.

The deal covers this summer’s World Championships in Berlin, the 2010 world indoors in Doha, Qatar, and the 2011 world outdoors in Daegu, South Korea.

“Daegu is their hometown,” Diack said. “I will discuss it with them after that to continue.”

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