If an American Athlete Said 'I'm a legend,' He Would be Crucified: Carl Lewis

Saying he was very different from sprint-king Usain Bolt, Olympic legend Carl Lewis feels athletics has lost its grace and popularity is on the decline.

updated: May 22, 2014 15:58 IST
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Nine-time Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis was in India as a brand ambassador of the TCS 10K World Run in Bangalore. He spoke to NDTV exclusively about issues plaguing modern track and field events, Jamaica's drug problems, and why he and Usain Bolt are different from each other. Excerpts:

On being brand ambassador of the TCS 10K run in Bangalore:

These races are important, because racing as a community is something that's growing. I've been to India a few times, to Mumbai, Delhi, Agra and now Bangalore. I've definitely noticed a difference here from 1989 to today, in terms of the running culture. You have to understand that running and track and field events are not the same. Running is a bigger issue, because it affects families and communities.

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