Bolt turns down Commonwealth

NEW DELHI - The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, will not compete at the Commonwealth Games in India despite his name appearing in the preliminary entry list, his manager was quoted as saying yesterday.

NEW DELHI - The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, will not compete at the Commonwealth Games in India despite his name appearing in the preliminary entry list, his manager was quoted as saying yesterday.

"Usain will not be running at the Commonwealth Games," manager Ricky Simms told the Times of India.

Simms said he was surprised Jamaica had entered Bolt's name and urged the organisers of the October 3-14 Games not to raise hopes that the double Olympic and world sprint champion would run in New Delhi.

"Maybe this list was sent in some time ago," Simms said. "The Commonwealth Games is not on Usain's schedule.

"I do not understand why officials cannot just accept his decision and stop putting out more stories in the press."

Bolt's coach Glen Mills had also said last month that New Delhi was not on the sprinter's agenda, but Games organisers insisted he would be the star attraction.

"Bolt will surely come," organising committee spokesperson Lalit Bhanot had said, adding that the Jamaican authorities had included him in the preliminary entry list.

Organisers were hoping that Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell, who comes from Jamaica, would convince Bolt to make the trip to New Delhi. But Bolt is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to miss the Diamond League event in New York last month.

The Jamaican won the 100m and 200m gold medals in record times at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and repeated the feat at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. The Commonwealth Games, which feature 71 nations and territories of the former British empire, is India's biggest sporting event since the Asian Games in 1982. - Sapa-AFP

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