I want to work with kids – Bolt

June 02, 2016
Having asked if he would be friends with him on Facebook, seven-year-old Ajani Brown from Jamaica scores a selfie with Usain Bolt and kiddie moderator for the Digicel “Bring the Beat” press conference, nine year-old Naleighna-Kae McLean.

Usain Bolt said while he isn't quite sure what he will do with his life when he retires from track and field, he would like to work in some capacity with children.

Bolt, the reigning 100m and 200m World and Olympic champion, has hinted at a possible retirement following the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Athletics in London in August 2017.




Bolt, who turns 30 this August, said he has not given too much thought to his post-retirement career, but if he does something in track and field, it would be helping to motivate young children.

"I have an idea. I would like to definitely go around and motivate the kids because that's one of my biggest things that I really enjoy doing - is motivating kids and trying to explain to them hard work and dedication and what they need to do to be the best," Bolt told STAR Sports at Tuesday's launch of the Digicel Bring the Beat campaign at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in Kingston.

"If I can be part of that in any way to travel and to encourage kids that's something I like to do, but we will decide that after we retire; work with Seb Coe (IAAF president) and see what we can do," he added.

In the meantime, Bolt, who is seeking to become the first man to win three Olympic titles in the 100m and 200m in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer, is looking at the task at hand.

"For me right now I'm just focusing on trying to get myself prepared. When it gets closer I will start worrying about other things. But right now I have to focus on myself and try to get through these trials and after that I can refocus on and see what direction Brazil is going," he said.

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