Carl Lewis, who is considered to be the best ever athlete who has mastered the sport, told that he feels like athletics cannot afford the waiting period for the next superstar to come and save the non-stop decline in the sports industry for the past two decades.
While speaking at the International Sports Creativity Conference, the man who was titled as the ‘Sportsman of 20th Century’ by the International Olympic Committee, stated that his sport had been neglected and is facing a downward spiral. There is a dire need of paying attention to developing its infra-structure, quoting the examples of European football leagues or franchise-based United States sports leagues.
When the sports champion was asked if a 23-year-old American compatriot of Lewis, Christian Coleman, who arose as the fastest man in the last World Championships in Doha could be the next star for athletics, the legend gave warning.
We should be careful about it. When it comes to our sport, we are always a little lazy to be needing a flagbearer. We are waiting for a superstar in our sport instead of investing in infrastructure. There are now problems with the Diamond Leagues which are dropping events like the middle distances; an event with a lot of runners, he told
It has been 22 long years that Lewis had hung up the spikes, and in spite of Usain Bolt ruling our imagination for a time period between 2008 and 2017, the legend of the American simply denies to die down. He thinks that his longevity as an athlete with which the supporters could relate to. If someone started admiring him in 1982, that person continued to be a fan 16 years later. So, you could state that 3 generations of people followed his career, told the winner of nine Olympic gold medals.