Bolt Set To Compete In Glasgow
27 June 2014, 06:34
Usain Bolt looks set to compete at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after receiving "lots of requests, invitations and messages of support'' from Scottish fans.
A Commonwealth gold is one of the few medals the sprinter does not have in his collection and he has now made himself available for selection for the Jamaican team at Glasgow 2014.
In a message on his website Bolt said he is unable to compete in the Jamaican Championships this weekend - the main qualifying event for the Commonwealth team - but he could still make the squad as part of the relay race.
The statement, titled 'a message from Usain', read: "I am not ready to compete at the Jamaican Championships this weekend but I have informed the JAAA that I am available for selection for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and have submitted the relevant documentation.
"I do not wish to take the place of anyone who qualifies this weekend in an individual event but am available for relay duty if the selectors feel I can be an asset to the Jamaican team in Glasgow.
"I have received lots of requests, invitations and messages of support from my fans in Scotland who are looking forward to a great event.''
His involvement in Glasgow 2014 would be a major boost for organisers.
The 27-year-old has not competed at the Commonwealth Games before. In 2006 he was due to go to Melbourne but pulled out because of a hamstring injury.
He previously said he would "love'' to compete in Glasgow but that it was up to his coach.
Games ambassador Sir Chris Hoy wants to see the Jamaican compete in Scotland.
Earlier this year the retired cyclist said: ''I think it's crucial to the success of the Games when the big names turn up and support them. And apart from anything else, it's still an amazing feeling to win a Commonwealth Games medal for your home nation and for athletes like Usain Bolt, Mark Cavendish it's still a big deal for them to be Commonwealth champion.''
Bolt, who is the 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic champion, has won almost every honour during his career but is thinking of continuing to compete after the next Olympics in Brazil in 2016.
Speaking when launching his autobiography last year he said: ''I am definitely reconsidering (retiring after 2016).
''I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring. They think I should carry on and so do my sponsors. I have discussed it with my coach and he says it is possible. We will see what happens but it's on the cards that I will extend it by one more year.''