FAREWELL

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

The sprinter made the con­fir­ma­tion while chat­ting with pre­sen­ters Neville Bell and Sak­ina Deer on Tele­vi­sion Ja­maica’s Smile Ja­maica morn­ing mag­a­zine pro­gramme yes­ter­day.

“The Rac­ers Grand Prix will be my last race in Ja­maica, peo­ple. It will be the last time I run in Ja­maica,” Bolt de­clared, while con­firm­ing that he will walk away into the sun­set af­ter the World Cham­pi­onships, which is set for Au­gust 5-13 in­side the Olympic Sta­dium.

“Yes, I am def­i­nitely go­ing to re­tire af­ter the World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don. That will be my last one,” said Bolt.

The Rac­ers Track Club, of which Bolt is a mem­ber, this year staged its first in­ter­na­tional track meet, the Rac­ers Grand Prix, on June 11 to over­whelm­ing ac­claim, with Bolt win­ning the men’s 100m in 9.88 sec­onds.

The IAAF pro­vides wild card en­tries to de­fend­ing world cham­pi­ons and di­a­mond race win­ners of each event. The JAAA has es­tab­lished, through ref­er­ence, that World cham­pi­ons will get the nod in cases where both are Ja­maicans, which means that Bolt is not re­quired to com­pete at the qual­i­fier – next year’s Na­tional Se­nior

Cham­pi­onships.

SPE­CIAL SIGN-OFF

As al­ways, he is ex­pected to fea­ture in at least one lo­cal de­vel­op­ment meet, but as his ex­ec­u­tive man­ager, Nu­gent Walker, added, he’s al­ready look­ing for­ward to what he termed a spe­cial sign-off in front of his fel­low Ja­maicans.

“The in­ten­tion is for the Rac­ers Grand Prix to be his last race on lo­cal soil as he has al­ready qual­i­fied for the World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don, which will be his last ma­jor cham­pi­onships, with him be­ing the de­fend­ing cham­pion in the 100m and 200m,” Walker told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

“Af­ter com­pet­ing in Ja­maica for all these years, the Rac­ers Grand Prix will be his last event in Ja­maica and he is al­ready look­ing for­ward to it. It will be a very im­por­tant day for him,” Walker added.

Bolt and other mem­bers of Ja­maica’s team to this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be hon­oured this week­end by the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­maica.

He will also take part in the sec­ond stag­ing of the Ja­maica Na­tional Foun­da­tion He­roes in Ac­tion 8K Run/Walk and 4K Fun Run in his home­town, Fal­mouth, to­mor­row. The event is be­ing en­dorsed by his Us­ain Bolt Foun­da­tion and will sup­port sev­eral char­i­ties in the par­ish of Trelawny, in­clud­ing the Granville Place of Safety for Girls.

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