US sprinter Noah Lyles has spoken out against the tendency for American sportspeople to label themselves as world champions after winning tournaments that are only contested by American teams.
It is something that many sports fans have pointed out before, with teams who win the Super Bowl or the NBA Championship being branded as ‘world champions’ when only one nation was involved in the sport.
Lyles has just won gold in the 100 and 200-meter sprints at the World Athletic Games in Budapest Hungary, meaning he actually is a world champion in sprinting right now.
Lyles takes aim at American sports
With that in the bank, he made sure to speak his mind about other sportspeople in America.
“I have to watch the NBA finals and they have ‘World Champion’ on their heads. World champion of what? The United States? Don’t get me wrong. I love the US at times. But that ain’t the world,” Lyles said in a press conference.
“We are the world. We have almost every country out here fighting and thriving and putting on a flag to show that they are represented. There ain’t no flags in the NBA,” he said.
Lyles was the favourite to win the 200m this weekend even though he was actually involved in a golf cart crash shortly before the race.
His cart crashed into one that contained Jamaican competitor Andrew Hudson. Hudson was left with glass in his eye but he still managed to compete in the race, not able to beat Lyles to the line.