Carl Lewis blasts President Trump
Athletics legend Carl Lewis blasts President Trump, he’s a self-centred leader

Nine-time Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis has blasted the US President, Donald Trump referring to him as a self-centred leader.

While speaking at the Pan American Games on 5th August where he was invited by Lima organizers, Lewis insisted that the US President is concerned solely with his one’s desires, needs and interests. As well, he also referred to him as a racist

“We have a president who is racist and a misogynist, who doesn’t value anybody but himself,” said Lewis

“My mother was a pioneer. My parents were teachers and they taught us that everyone deserves the same opportunities,” added Lewis about the question of gender inequality in the country’s sport.

Lewis further called on the government to ensure that all athletics (both men and women) are paid equally.

“Of course I’m for (equal pay) in athletics. We shouldn’t even be talking about it,” he said.

“We have to fight for people’s rights and love each other,” he added.

Meanwhile, Lewis will be in Lima until Sunday, when the Pan American Games athletics competition ends and will present the 100m and long jump medals.

Profile – Carl Lewis

Frederick Carlton Lewis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 1, 1961, the son of William Lewis (1927–1987) and Evelyn née Lawler Lewis. His mother was a hurdler on the 1951 Pan-Am team. His older brother

Cleveland Lewis played professional soccer for the Memphis Rogues. His parents ran a local athletics club that provided a crucial influence on both Carl and his sister Carol.

She became an elite long jumper, finishing 9th at the 1984 Olympics and taking bronze at the 1983 World Championships.

As a former track and field athlete, Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. 

His career spanned from 1979 to 1996, when he last won an Olympic event. He is one of only three Olympic athletes who won a gold medal in the same individual event in four consecutive Olympic Games.

Lewis was a dominant sprinter and long jumper who topped the world rankings in the 100m, 200m and long jump events frequently from 1981 to the early 1990s.

He set world records in the 100m, 4 × 100m and 4 × 200m relays, while his world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984. His 65 consecutive victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years are one of the sport’s longest undefeated streaks. 

Over the course of his athletics career, Lewis broke ten seconds for the 100 meters 15 times and 20 seconds for the 200 meters 10 times. Lewis also long jumped over 28 feet 71 times.

His accomplishments led him to numerous accolades, including being voted “World Athlete of the Century” by the International Association of Athletics Federations and “Sportsman of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee , “Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Athlete of the Year” by Track & Field News in 1982, 1983, and 1984.

After retiring from his athletics career, Lewis became an actor and has appeared in several films.

In 2011, he attempted to run for a seat as a Democrat in the New Jersey Senate but was removed from the ballot due to the state’s residency requirement.

Lewis owns a marketing and branding company named C.L.E.G., which markets and brands products and services including his own.

By John Dalton Kigozi