A foot injury that hampered a part of his early season preparation has forced the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, to opt out of competing at the Ostrava Golden Spike Diamond League meet set for June 17 as well as the Meeting Areva in Paris on July 5.
The 100-metre and 200-metre world record holder has not been in competition so far this season, but his fans will have to wait a while longer to see him.
In a message posted yesterday on his website under the heading ‘Not yet ready for Ostrava or Paris’ Bolt said: “As reported a few weeks ago I had to miss some training in late March and early April due to a foot injury. Thankfully my foot is 100 per cent healthy now and I am back in full training.
Unfortunately, due to the training that I missed I am behind where I am normally at this time of year and will not be ready to race in the Ostrava Golden Spike Meet or Meeting Areva in Paris.”
Bolt said the events he will miss are great events that he has competed at many times in the past and that he intends to compete at in the future as he has a lot of support in both countries. “I always get good reception there,” Bolt said.
The sprinter who took home three gold medals from the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow last year said he is not rushing back to competition especially when one considers that he has three consecutive major championship years to prepare for, but assured his fans that he will be back in action soon. “How soon will depend on my training in the next few weeks,” he said.
“It is important for me to take my time this year as I have three tough years ahead in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as I attempt to defend my World and Olympic titles. I definitely plan to compete this season and will continue to work hard with my coach who I have the utmost confidence in to get me fit and ready to compete.”