World’s fastest man Usain Bolt says he “wants to be a part” of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.
And the Jamaican, a six-time Olympic gold medal winner, says he is also reconsidering his plans to retire from the sport after the 2016 Games in Rio De Janeiro.
Bolt now thinks it likely that he will compete for one more year after the Rio Olympics and he has informed his coach that he is keen to run in Glasgow, although his coach will take the final decision.
The 27-year-old Bolt is one of the greatest stars in the history of athletics and illuminated the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the London Games last year with his exploits, finishing both meetings with gold medals in the 100m, the 200m and the 4X100m relay.
“We will see what happens but it’s on the cards that I will extend it (career) by one more year (after 2016 Olympics).”
Bolt thinks another year is possible
Speaking at a signing of his new autobiography ‘Faster than Lightning’ at Selfridges in London on Thursday, he said: “I am definitely reconsidering (retiring after 2016).
“I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring.
“They think I should carry on and so do my sponsors. I have discussed it with my coach and he says it is possible. We will see what happens but it’s on the cards that I will extend it by one more year.”
Bolt has yet to compete at the Commonwealth Games but says he is hopeful he can persuade his coach to let him compete in Glasgow.
“I have said to my coach that I would love to go to the Commonwealths,” he said. “It’s something that I haven’t done before.
“It’s up to him but I have said to him that I want to be a part of it. My coach will think about it and we will see what he says, I am not 100 per cent sure. We will discuss it and see what he says.”
Tokyo a step too far
Bolt would become the oldest 100m champion in history if he continued all the way through until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and won there.
But he added: “I have not thought about it.
“It’s a long way away but, if I win the next Olympics, I will have done everything I wanted to do in my career, so there would be no reason to continue.”