|Makusha to face Bolt|
|Saturday, 05 May 2012 00:00|
ZIMBABWEAN track and field star athlete Ngonidzashe Makusha is set to face one of his toughest tests as a professional athlete when he runs against 100m world record holder Usain Bolt in Ostrava, Czech Republic, later this month. Makusha, who turned professional in June last year, is among a host of the world’s top sprinters who have been invited to run in the men’s 100m race at the Golden Spike event in Ostrava on May 25. And among these sprinters is Jamaica’s world record holder Bolt and top British sprinter Dwain Chambers.
In addition to Bolt and Chambers, the meeting currently will feature three other men who have gone under 10 seconds — American Darvis Patton, Jamaican Lerone Clarke and Zimbabwe’s Makusha, according to reports from London.
Chambers, who is now eligible for selection for the London 2012 Olympics after the British Olympic Association’s lifetime ban for drugs cheats was ruled non-compliant, had been invited to the May 25 event prior to that verdict being reached by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) earlier this week.
Alfons Juck, the meeting manager for Golden Spike, was quoted as saying in London yesterday: “I can confirm that Dwain Chambers has been invited to the Golden Spike event.
“At the start of the year his agent and lawyer approached all the meetings, including Ostrava. We just waited for the announcement, I wanted to see how it would end with the CAS situation, with the BOA and so on and then we published it.
“But it had nothing to do with the decision over whether Dwain would run in Ostrava or not. We just waited because we thought from a PR point of view it would be more wise to wait, then put it into the right perspective.”
Chambers served a two-year ban after testing positive for a banned steroid in 2003.