Bolt rules out Commonwealth Games appearance
ATHLETICS: Any glimmer of hope the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organisers were clinging to about Usain Bolt competing next year has been extinguished.
The world's fastest man conceded he had thought long and hard about returning to Australia in April next year but has decided to stick with his original plan of calling 2017 the end of the road.
Bolt will finish his extraordinary career at the world championships in London in August.
"I have thought about it (Gold Coast), I have really put some thought into it but it's not going to happen,” he said.
"Because to come out here next season to really train as hard as I need to get to the level that I need to to win, it's not going to happen.”
Bolt is in Melbourne for the Nitro Athletics series which kicks off tomorrow night at Lakeside Stadium.
He will run in the 4x100m relay after his coach talked him out of trying the long jump at the revolutionary teams event.
"I still have to get the OK from my coach yet, he's still not saying OK but it's something I would love to do for my team,” Bolt said.
The eight-time Olympic gold medallist is confident the Nitro Athletics concept, which was brought to him by close friend and Athletics Australia board member John Steffensen, will attract a new audience to track and field.
"It's going to be great, it's going to be something different, like cricket and Twenty20, it's going to be different,” Bolt said.
"I feel it will catch on, it's going to bring a lot of excitement to the sport.
"It's going to be something different, it's not going to be normal, it's going to be a lot more exciting.
"I feel personally it is a great idea, this is why I am a part of it, this is why when John Steffensen came to me and said 'Listen we want to do this' and I said, 'John I have been saying this all my life', so I was happy to be a part.
"I definitely think it is time for us to change, it's been years in coming that we need to do something.
"After I saw them running road races, I said this is good because you see people out there that if it was in a stadium you wouldn't have seen them, people just walking by wondering what going on and wanting to come and see.
"So to change the format now and do different things will bring excitement to track and field.”
Bolt, 30, is captain of his All-Stars team with his 4x100m relay including two of his Jamaican teammates, former world record holder Asafa Powell and Michael Frater.
Australia's team is headlined by Olympic finalists including Ryan Gregson, Morgan Mitchell, Genevieve LaCaze and long-jump star Fabrice Lapierre.