Carl Lewis Snubs Track Going PPV Despite Sha’Carri Richardson-Allyson Felix Heat

Published 08/27/2021, 10:14 AM EDT


Nine times Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is one of the most decorated American athletes. Before and after Tokyo Olympics, a lot of controversies have been surrounding the track and field sport and he has his say about them.

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USA’s Sha’Carri Richardson faced an unexpected ban and couldn’t compete at the mega-event. Since then, she has been receiving mixed views from fans around the world.

The feud between Sha’Carri Richardson and Allyson Felix

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The American athlete made a comeback on the track at the Diamonds League 2021. However, even after having the fire and hunger to win, she failed to finish in the top three.

Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix has a strong and respectful hold in the track and field community. At the Jimmy Kimmel show, Allyson talked about Sha’Carri Richardson.

Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Allyson Felix reacts after placing second in womens 400m semifinal in 51.01 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Interestingly, Felix showed sensitivity towards Richardson. She talked about her great personality and the attention she has brought to the sport. While it sounded like a positive comment by the Olympic champion, Richardson did not seem happy.

The controversy took heat when Richardson responded to Felix’s interview. Sha’Carri posted an Instagram story saying, “Encouraging word on tv shows are just as real as well nothing at all.” Although names were not taken, the message was crystal clear.

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Olympic legend Carl Lewis disagrees to make track and field PPV

Carl Lewis was the track and field hero between 1980 and the 90s. The American athlete was disappointed by US men’s performance at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Lewis has now commented on track and field introducing the PPV after the heats and arguments between athletes. American rapper Wales posted his thoughts on Twitter.

Wales posted saying, “Me and Kazeem texting about how the 100 can really be on PPV if everybody talked, they shit track is back.” Interestingly, Lewis responded to the tweet by the rapper.

Olympic champion Lewis tweeted saying, “Calm down. Sports will always be about the competition and the stories. The smack talking just fades away soon after the event. Follow @allysonfelix and get a history leason.”

Lewis strongly discarded the idea of the PPV in track and field sport. Carl suggested the rapper to read about Allyson Felix, who has been around since the 2004 Athens Olympics.

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What is PPV?

‘Pay-per-view’ is a service in which viewers pay to watch events. Sports like UFC and boxing have PPV which enables fans to watch the exclusive matches. They can even save the matches and watch them later.

However, in track and field, athletes finish their matches in seconds, whereas that is not the case for UFC fights. Olympic legend Lewis clearly doesn’t support the idea. The game of track and field is purely about the competition and inspiring journeys.

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Olympian himself has been part of one of the biggest rivalries with Ben Johnson during his career. Nevertheless, Carl doesn’t want people to focus on the feuds, as they are temporary.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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