With the Rio Olympics fast approaching, track and field athletics is once again embroiled in scandal, controversy, and disgust. Or in the media it is. On Friday night I was lucky enough to bear witness to the electricity meter at the London Olympic Stadium explode with the buzz of the Anniversary Games. It was just fantastic for the world to focus solely on the talent...
The crisis that has now engulfed the IAAF shares many of the characteristics of the crisis at Fifa. Again we see allegations that another group of old men of considerable power and standing within their sport, have exploited the lack of independent governance and scrutiny within their organisation, to make money out of cheating.
The modern media is so geared up for scandal and gossip that I'm not sure whether anything can rise above that, whether it's the royal family or sports. It will be interesting to see whether other athletes stand up to support Gatlin or even take a similar approach - if they do, it'll be a revolution of sorts.
On Sunday my sporting hero was competing at the World Championships in Beijing, Jessica Ennis Hill represents the best of everything woman can be and in fact are. She is a grafter, she has trained for over 10 years to be the best in the world, she is an Olympian and on Sunday she again retained her World Title.
I'm in a very good place now and it's nice to feel like an athlete again. It feels as though my body was trapped and it's waiting to be released. Now it's just a countdown to competing again. I'm watching my competitors and thinking "I can't wait to race you again!" I'm quietly confident that come Rio 2016, I will be back challenging for the gold medal once again.
Bolt will need to be nothing short of his best to win, a prospect he has never been faced with before. We could very well see some world records broken in Beijing, as well as returning to the classic era when a victory was taken by a hundredth of a second, not a metre. But who will be the one crossing that lines first. For once, that is very much open to debate.
This week an Usain Bolt film has been announced, made by the men behind Class Of '92, Ben and Gabe Turner at Fulwell 73. The film will follow Usain as he heads towards the Rio Olympics next year and his retirement season in 2017. The story line above could well be what we see played out in this movie.