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Bolt wanted for Australia Athletic Series

19 September 2008

By Gary Smith


Jamaican golden boy Usain Bolt is being targeted by Athletic Australia for their summer World Athletics Tour.

Bolt, the triple Olympic gold medallist from the recent Beijing Games, is fast becoming most wanted by track and field organisers and the Australians are hoping to lure the sprinter for their outdoor season, which starts next February.

"We have had initial discussions with his (Bolt's) people," Athletics Australia CEO Danny Corcoran said.

"Rob Fildes (Athletics Australia president) and I actually sat with his mother and his manager in the stands at the Bird's Nest stadium during the meet."

Bolt grew up loving the game of cricket and even confessed that the sport was is first love. In recent times the Jamaican admits to wanting to meet Australian attacking opener Mathew Hayden and Corcoran said the demand could be met if he chooses to travel down under.

"We'd love to get him out during February next year and it would be great to get him to a game of cricket," Corcoran said.

"His dream is to meet Matty Hayden and with the push for Twenty20 cricket to be added to the Olympics, we would love to be able to introduce him to a packed MCG Twenty20 crowd."

But even with the many opportunities that would fulfill some of his own personal dream, it might very well be a difficult task to sway Bolt to Australia in February.

The sprinter usually used the early parts of the season to work on tactical areas during the Jamaican track season and with his huge success already this term, the demand for more home meets will definitely be higher.

Another Jamaican sprint ace, Asafa Powell and his MVP Track Club teammates notably have used the Australian series to prepare for their upcoming seasons and the Australian meet organisers would love to set the stage for what is expected to be an exciting 2009 campaign.

However, Caribbean Net News understands that the MVP group are looking elsewhere to do their 2009 preparations.

Two-years-ago Bolt was scheduled to travel in Melbourne to compete in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games, but pulled out after suffering a strained muscle prior to the meeting.

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