The Jamaican’s manager says negotiations are ‘positive’ but denies appearances in London are finalised
Usain Bolt’s return to the London Olympic Stadium for the British Athletics London Grand Prix on July 26-27, is not certain quite yet.
The Telegraph reported the six-time Olympic champion will compete in two events on July 26-27, with the 4x100m relay and either the 100m or 200m the most likely combination.
However, Bolt’s manager, Ricky Simms, has responded by saying no contract has been signed yet, although he did describe negotiations with organisers British Athletics as “positive”.
Outside of the Olympics, Bolt has not raced in Britain since 2009 due to tax laws which would make him eligible to pay a share of his global annual earnings to the Treasury. However, the government recently announced it would make an exemption for the London Anniversary Games – which include the two-day Diamond League and a disability meeting on July 28. The decision should ensure a plethora of star names are competing in Stratford one year on from the start of the 2012 Olympics.
Meanwhile, Bolt will compete in a short sprint for the first time this season when he lines up over 150m on a specially laid track on Copacabana Beach in Rio on Sunday. The Jamaican has run over 400m twice this season, but this will represent the first serious test of his fitness in 2013. He will be trying to break the world record of 14.35 that he set in a similar exhibition event on the streets of Manchester in 2009.
Bolt’s confirmed or proposed racing schedule so far for 2013 is:
Rio, March 31 – 150m
Cayman Islands, May 8
Rome, June 6 – 100m
Oslo, June 13 – 200m
Jamaican Champs, June 19-23 *
Ostrava, June 27 – 4x100m
Paris, July 6 – 200m
London, July 26-27 *
World Champs, Moscow, Aug 10-18
Brussels, September 6 – 100m or 200m