While accepting the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year Award — the fifth of his career — in Kingston on Friday, track and field superstar Usain Bolt announced his support of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) plan to implement hair follicle testing to catch drug users.
Bolt said he was surprised by the proposed change at first — the WADA normally uses blood and urine samples to conduct their testing — but said he felt stricter testing measures could only be good for the sport:
This is the first I’m hearing it. But I think that anyway you can crack down on drug use in sports, I have no problem with it. If it’s a new rule and it’s a better way to clamp down on this, then I welcome it (Inside the Games).
Carey Brown, the new executive director of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), also voiced his support for the plan:
We welcome anything like that because, I mean, it would be something new… something innovative/ Using hair follicles, as well, is also less invasive.
[Source: Inside the Games]