Bolt to skip World Re­lays

New Straits Times - - Sport -

KINGSTON: Usain Bolt is poised to skip next month’s IAAF World Re­lays in the Ba­hamas as he pre­pares to re­tire from the sport later this year.

The reign­ing Olympic 100m and 200m cham­pion told re­porters at a track meet­ing in Kingston on Satur­day that he was un­likely to fea­ture in the Ja­maica squad for the two-day cham­pi­onship set for April 22-23.

“My coach hasn’t said any­thing about it (World Re­lays), so I doubt that I will be com­pet­ing there this year. I am just try­ing to stay in­jury free,” said Bolt, who is look­ing for­ward to his fi­nal race on Ja­maican soil, the Rac­ers Track Club Grand Prix set for June 10.

“It’s just go­ing to be ex­cit­ing and emo­tional, I think it might be a lit­tle bit emo­tional, but I am look­ing for­ward to it, it’s my coach’s meet, so I am ex­cited to be a part of it.”

As the reign­ing world cham­pion over 100m and 200m, Bolt qual­i­fies au­to­mat­i­cally for the World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don and will not take part at the Ja­maican Cham­pi­onships qual­i­fy­ing event in June.

The 30-year-old said he was happy with his train­ing for the fi­nal few months of his ca­reer, which will end with his re­tire­ment af­ter the World Cham­pi­onships.

“Ev­ery­thing is go­ing smooth, so the key thing is to stay in­jury free. I am just go­ing to con­tinue push­ing my­self and push­ing my body and I hope it will work out,” he said.

Bolt, the world record holder, suc­cess­fully de­fended his Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m crowns at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Games. AFP

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