The world’s top sprinters heaved a sigh of relief at the news that Jamaican triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt will not compete in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India from Oct 3-14.
The reason for Bolt’s absence is because the Games are too late in the year, coach Glen Mills told Reuters.
“It was not part of our schedule,” Mills said via telephone from Jamaica.
Mills said Bolt had known for several months that he would not be going to the Commonwealth Games.
“The time would be when he would be doing his background training for next year’s world championships,” he said.
Bolt has always said he would defer to his coach on whether he would compete in the Games.
The world 100 and 200m record holder will also miss next weekend’s national championships. “He was never down to run the (Jamaican) trials,” Mills said.
The world’s fastest man resumed track training this week after being sidelined for several weeks with a sore Achilles tendon.
“He has not started any extensive work but he is all right,” Bolt’s long-time coach said.
Bolt’s next scheduled race is a 200m at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting on July 8.
“That is the schedule, but we will see how it goes,” Mills said without elaborating.