"These will not be an extravagant Games," says Fernandez, "but if a small, poor country wants to organize them, we'd like to help."
Sprinting to the NFL
Off Track for Good?
John Capel can't be accused of taking the easy road in abandoning his track career to play football. As the U.S. 200-meter champion and the 10th-fastest man in history at the distance, Capel, a 22-year-old former wide receiver at Florida, could earn a mid-six-figure income from a shoe-company contract and European races. Instead, he gave up his final two years of football eligibility and made himself available for the April 21-22 NFL draft.
The 5'11", 180-pound Capel played only two seasons with the Gators and caught just nine passes. On Feb. 25 at the NFL scouting combine, Capel ran the 40 in roughly 4.4 seconds, mediocre for him, but he impressed scouts with his routes and soft hands. He will get a chance to play but will have much to prove in training camp. "Football has always been my first love," Capel says.
It's clear, though, that he hasn't completely left track behind. Last year Capel won the Olympic trials 200 when both Maurice Greene and Michael Johnson pulled up with injuries. "Maurice wasn't going to beat me that day and he still can't beat me," says Capel.
As another sprinter said of Capel last week, "He'll be back."