Usain Bolt turns to ice in bid to get fit for London Games

Jul 9, 2012

Olympic gossip: Bolt 'cryotherapy' option, Rogge says McDonald's and Coca-Cola are 'vital'

SPRINTER Usain Bolt could use an ice-chamber "cryotherapy" treatment at the Olympics amidst rumours of a back injury, reports the Daily Mail. The chamber, the only one of its kind in Britain, is kept in a former police van and can be transported to anywhere in the country. The treatment boosts muscle recovery by subjecting the athlete to temperatures of minus 140C. Bolt, who dropped out of his final warm-up race in Monaco, is not the only athlete to try the chilly therapy. Mo Farah frequents his own chamber in Eugene, Oregon, and the Wales rugby team has both used it.

Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United midfielder, will captain Team GB's Olympic football team. Giggs's appearance at the Olympics will be his first at an international tournament despite his incredibly successful club career, reports The Guardian. The player said being made Olympic captain was a "tremendous honour". The Welshman's selection comes after his former United teammate David Beckham was left out of the squad. Team manager Stuart Pearce is also confident that Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, who fell ill with viral meningitis last week, will be fit for the Games.

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, has admitted that there was a "question mark" over McDonald's and Coca-Cola's sponsorship of the Games, but he admitted that their financial support was "vital" for sports at a "grassroots level". There has been opposition from health groups to high-calorie brands sponsoring sport, explained The Daily Telegraph. However, Rogge told a newspaper that McDonald’s and Coca-Cola's healthier food options was evidence of their taking public health seriously. McDonald's, who extended its 36-year backing of the Games for the next eight years, has four restaurants in the Olympic Park including its biggest in the world seating 1,500 people. Coca-Cola has signed on until 2020.  

"Draconian" new police powers have come into force that allow officers to force any group of two or more people to leave the area near the Olympic site for 24 hours, reports The Independent. However, the introduction of the Olympics Dispersal Zone has been met with opposition. Campaign group Youth Fight for Jobs is planning to enter the zone and refuse to leave if told to do so, and is also planning protests and marches for the coming weeks. Newham Monitoring Project has also held two training days for "volunteer legal observers", who will document cases of "heavy-handed" policing.

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