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Bolt supports plans for hair follicle testing

ESPN staff
January 12, 2014
Usain Bolt is all for any initiative which will help improve anti-doping measures. © Getty Images

Usain Bolt has issued support for World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) plans to test hair follicles as part of improving drug testing among athletes.

The six-time Olympic champion backed the new initiative from WADA after president Craig Reedie announced his intentions to use fresh funds from the International Olympic Committee to further crack down on doping.

"I think that any way you can crack down on drug use in sports, I have no problem with it," Bolt said. "If it's a new rule and it's a better way to clamp down on this, then I welcome it."

In 2013, the athletics world was rocked when six Jamaican athletes - including former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson - tested positive for banned substances.

Powell and Simpson have recently undergone hearings in front of a Jamaican disciplinary panel, but Reedie believes a fresh $10 million pot set up by the IOC would help improve doping measures.

"This is a really exciting development and means we can look at approaches that in the past have been unaffordable," Reedie said.

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