Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s iconic retired track star, has sensationally revealed that he would consider returning to the track if his coach asked him.
Although the world 100m and 200m record holder has no immediate plans to make an appearance on the sprinting circuit, there is the delayed Olympic Games in Japan for the 33-year-old to contemplate.
The Kingston-based eight-time Olympic champion explained in a video interview with Variety :“If my coach came back and told me ‘Let’s do this’, I will. Because I believe so much in my coach.” “So I know if he says we’re going to do this, I know it’s possible. Give Glen Mills a call, and I’ll be back.”
Veteran Mills coached the Trelawny-born athlete to all of his Olympic titles as well as smashing world records (100m in 9.58 seconds and 200m in 19.19s).
Bolt, nicknamed ‘Lightning Bolt’, added: “My coach gets too excited when I come to the track, so I stay away.”
With the 2020 Games rescheduled for next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bolt could be back on track competitively for the first time in years having only occasionally put on his spikes since retiring. His last international competition was the 2017 World Championships in London when he surprisingly whimpered out, following immense hype, with just a bronze medal in the 100m.
The four-time winner of the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award has been extremely busy since hanging up his spikes. He tried to kick off a career as a professional football player, having trials in Australia and then turning down a two-year deal with a top flight Maltese team that would have meant playing in the coveted Champions League. Various business ventures have taken up most of his time, although his infamous party nights seem to be behind him after becoming a father in May.
His long-term partner Kasi Bennett welcomed a baby girl in May, who chose her name of Olympia Lightning Bolt. The 30-year-old is the founder of a non-profit organisation ‘Project Kase’, which works towards the welfare of children in Jamaica.
Bolt said: “I told her: ‘I think you’re putting a little bit of pressure on her to name her Olympia’. But, we’ll see, I’m not going to force her to do anything in athletes.”
Whether the 11-time sprinting World Champion will be in Tokyo to race or there in another capacity remains to be seen, it all depends on whether his formidable partnership with Mills can be resurrected.
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