Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has made himself available to run the relays at next month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The 27-year-old was expected to miss the July 23 to August 3 showpiece but said in a release Thursday that he was keen on participating at the event. He is not participating in the weekend’s National Championships, a qualifier for the Games.
“I do not wish to take the place of anyone who qualifies this weekend in an individual event, but am available for relay duties if the selectors feel I can be an asset to the Jamaican team in Glasgow,” Bolt said.
“I have received lots of requests, invitations and messages of support from my fans in Scotland, who are looking forward to a great event.”
Bolt has been hampered by injury in recent months and is yet to make his debut on the international circuit this season. Earlier this month, he announced he was pulling out of the Golden Spike in Ostrava on June 17th and the Paris Diamond League meet on July 5th.
He said he had already conveyed his decision not to run at the National Championships, to the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association. “I am not ready to compete at the Jamaican Championships this weekend, but I have informed the JAAA that I am available for selection for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and have submitted the relevant documents,” Bolt said.
Bolt, the reigning World and Olympic champion, missed the last Commonwealth Games in India as well as the 2006 edition in Australia. His appearance in Glasgow will be a massive marketing boost for the Games.