Track and Field

Andre De Grasse's mother denies report her son is turning pro

The mother of Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse is refuting a report that her son is turning pro. Beverley De Grasse told CBCSports.ca it's 'speculation' that the world bronze medallist in sprinting is in final negotiations with a shoe company.

Calls talk of shoe contract 'speculation'

The mother of Canada's world sprint bronze medallist, Andre De Grasse, is denying a report that her son is turning pro. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The mother of Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse is refuting a report that her son is turning pro.

Beverley De Grasse told CBCSports.ca that the world bronze medallist is not in final negotiations with a shoe company.

A Canadian Press report claims Andre De Grasse would remain in school at the University of Southern California, but will forgo his senior NCAA season of eligibility.

"Andre is still a full-time USC student," said Beverley De Grasse. "He is not a professional. He is not even signed to an agent. If the source isn't my son or myself, then all it is is speculation."

De Grasse is coming off a memorable season. He burst on to the national stage by winning both the 100 and 200 metres at the NCAA championships and the Pan American Games in Toronto.

The 20-year-old, Markham, Ont., native then showed the rest of the world his promising talents by tying for the bronze medal at the world track and field championships in August. 

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