Bolt to run in 2018?

February 13, 2017
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (left), and teammate Asafa Powell celebrate after winning the mixed 4 x 100 metre relay at the Nitro Athletics meet in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday. (AP Photo)

Reports in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia say Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt is committed to participating in the Nitro Athletics Series in that country through 2019 following its inaugural success in Melbourne this month.

The Jamaican three-time Olympic 100m and 200m gold medallist led the Bolt All Stars team to victory over the course of three meets on February 4, 8, and 11.

Bolt had signalled his intention to retire after the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in London this summer.

Organisers of next year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia has hoped the athlete would compete at the event, but he was quoted last week as saying that he would not be willing to train as hard as he has to participate in the Games.

However, media reports out of Australia now suggest that Bolt would be once again leading the All Stars team in the Nitro Series next year and 2019.

The series is expected to held in Melbourne once again after the city was given the right of first refusal.

Bolt is reported to have been paid seven figures for his appearance in the series which also included Jamaican former world record holder Asafa Powell.

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