Noah Lyles outlines vision for ‘clean’ athletics as he looks to fill Usain Bolt void

Noah Lyles, athletics’ best bet to fill the showman role vacated by Usain Bolt, has outlined his vision to save the sport and revealed the lengths to which he goes to stay clean.

Lyles, with his hair dyed silver, was crowned 200 metres world champion on the day the Salazar doping bombshell dropped, overshadowing an achievement he had worked towards his entire life.

But if he felt cheated of acclaim he did not let on as he turned his attention from himself to what he can do to rescue his struggling sport.

“The first thing to say is that for credibility’s sake we’ve got to be clean and seen to be clean,” he said. “I do everything in my power to make sure I am.



Noah Lyles has outlined his vision for a clean sport after feeling cheated of acclaim

“I have my own personal supplements and I send somebody to see where they’re being made. I then have them tested, paying for that myself, to make sure what I’m using is clean.

“I don’t know a lot of people who would do that because it costs a lot of money to get a supplement tested by yourself. But it’s that important to me.

“I have to be able to say that if I break the world record it’s going to be natural. I feel that responsibility. I don’t want kids thinking you have to be more than yourself to be great, because you don’t.”

Lyle, 22, is a rapper and a fashion model, a former gymnast so outgoing that before Tuesday’s final he went online to ask fans to transmit positive energy his way.



Lyles won 200m gold in Doha on Tuesday night

Fresh from becoming the only man ever to win the Diamond League 100m and 200m titles in the same season, he duly stormed to victory in 19.83 seconds.

With his talent and charisma he should be known the world over. But this is athletics, a sport whose stock has never been lower and whose dark reputation precedes it. You bet that troubles him.

“I was born into this sport, my mum and dad were professional runners,” he said. “I love it and I see a lot of things that go on that I wish were cleaned up better.

“I have huge visions for what I could possibly do to change it, the first of which is to remove the rule which prevents an athlete from having a sponsor outside a shoe company.



Lyles looks a likely bet to fill the void left by Usain Bolt as the sprint star of athletics

“Lift that restriction, allow more money into the sport from bigger companies who will in turn want track meets that better promote their athletes.

“All you hear at the moment is that track meets are losing money. It seems our stock is very low. That usually means it’s time for a change.

“The sport is either going to die or it’s going to evolve and change into something better. Something needs to happen pretty quick.”

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