KINGSTON – Sprinting great Usain Bolt is talking soccer again. Today Bolt said he might try his hand at the global game once he retired from the track.
“I have said I wanted to try football. I always wanted to try to play soccer. Maybe at the end of my career. It would be something that I would love to try.
“I watch it on TV and see these guys play. I play it all the time with my friends. I played childhood matches in Jamaica and I did well. I think it is something I would like to try to do.”
Two days after saying he would like to defend his 100 and 200 metres titles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 26-year-old Bolt said he may still branch out to other track events.
“To find something else to strive toward, I could always try the 400 metres – which I don’t want to do. I could try to run faster over both my events. I could try another event, maybe the long jump or the 400 metres. There are a few things I would like to try in sports that I could work towards. We’ll see what I decide at the start of the season.”
After becoming the first man to defend both 100- and 200-metres titles at the Olympics, Bolt said his accomplishment hit him once he returned home to Jamaica.
“It’s a great thing to achieve a goal you always wanted,” Bolt said.
“For me it was an honour. I have worked hard to become a legend. For me to go home after the races, sit down, and reflect on what just happened, it was emotional.”It’s a wonderful stepping stone in my life to be a legend in my sport.”
Bolt is among three Jamaicans shortlisted for the 2012 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award. He is now on course to become the first man to win the prestigious award on four occasions. Shelly- Ann Fraser-Pryce and Yohan Blake are the other Jamaicans among the 20 male and female candidates named by the IAAF.
Pryce successfully defended her 100m title at the London Olympics and finished second in the 200m. Blake is a double Olympic silver medallist and a recipient of last year’s Performance of the Year award. Selected members of the international press and officials from the IAAF will help to choose three male and female finalists from the shortlist.