Usain Bolt will head to the Sporting Capital of the World this summer for Nitro Athletics, a team-based competition that will see top Australian athletes competing against international stars.
According to the latest report by The New Daily, Bolt will be seen competing as part of Athletics Australia’s (AA) Nitro Athletics in its maiden edition. Speculations are rife about the 3-time Olympic Games sprint double champion wanting to settle in Victoria’s gold rush estates.
With Nitro Athletics Melbourne, which was earlier referred to as the Nitro Summer Series, is easily the most awaited track and field event in coming months, featuring six teams of 24 athletes in both men and women categories. Meanwhile, it took more than $1 Million to lure the fastest man on legs to Australia.
Dazzling in a beige tan suit and red tie, Usain Bolt had chosen a new turf to announce his arrival in Australia. On Oaks Day at Flemington, the Jamaican phenomenon was distinctly visible in his urban cool avatar, even as he ran a mock sprint with the former 400 m dasher, John Steffensen, recreating his ‘triple triple” moment from the 2016 Rio Olympics. He spoke to the Herald Sun about his latest obsession for betting on horse races. Bolt chose the occasion to support his friend, Michelle Payne in the Melbourne Cup, and how he gets tips from the ace jockey.
Seen as the most happening to have struck Australia since the Sydney Olympics 2000, the Nitro Athletics Melbourne is the impetus the AA believes will revive the track and field events in the region. According to the AA President, Mark Arbib, the “global game-changer” event is scheduled to commence from February 4 that will see Bolt and many star competitors from at least 10 countries in relay and 400 m races.
The Victorian government has extended its fullest support to the event. Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events Philip Dalidakis called Usain Bolt’s participation as the major “coup” for Melbourne and AA.
Surprisingly, Bolt’s decision comes in the backdrop of his retirement plan after World Championship in London.
Could this Big Bash of track events prolong Bolt’s career? Or will it throw winds of opportunity for the likes of Justin Gatlin, Trayvon Bromell and Andre de Grasse?
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