Kriss Akabusi has already got his epitaph sorted. “You’re not laughing now,” he quips with super-caffeinated zest, but the double Olympic medallist is in a more serious mood as he reflects on his cancer scare.
Akabusi, 61, the triple Olympic medallist and relay world champion, is still the effervescent figure of old, but thoughtful and about the big issues. He looks at British Athletics appointing Christian Malcolm as the first black head coach of the Olympic programme and says: “It’s not before time to have black people in high places.” He sees this summer’s protests and says he is “proud that people are making a stand” but worried that it may result in a form of “civil war”. Last year, though, there was only one
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