Usain Bolt to train with Bun­desliga team

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

DORTMUND, GER­MANY >> Borus­sia Dortmund’s chief has con­firmed that nine-time Olympic sprint cham­pion Usain Bolt will prac­tice with the Bun­desliga team.

Hans-Joachim Watzke tells Kicker mag­a­zine on Sun­day that “it was no joke” and “not a mar­ket­ing move.”

Watzke was re­spond­ing to a re­port in a Guardian news­pa­per that Bolt planned to train with Dortmund, one of the top Bun­desliga teams.

Dortmund and Bolt are both spon­sored by the same Ger­many-based sports goods com­pany — Puma, whose pres­i­dent con­tacted Dortmund to say that Bolt had asked about train­ing with the team.

Watzke said he wel­comed the idea and that Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel also looked for­ward to it. Watzke said the tim­ing of the prac­tice re­mains to be de­ter­mined.

Asked if Bolt could have a fu­ture in Dortmund, Watzke replied, “we don’t even need to talk about it.”

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