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Sprinter-Turned-Footballer Usain Bolt Declares His Sports Life Over

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-01-23

Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has declared his "sports life over", frustrated in his bid to begin a post-athletics career in football. The 32 year old Jaimaican, spent two months training with Australian side Central Coast Mariners, but left in November after the club failed to find financial backing for a professional deal.

"It was fun while it lasted," said the 100m and 200m world record holder. "I don't want to say it wasn't dealt with properly, but I think we went about it not the way we should." He even added that it was a good experience for him to be a part of the team where every day he lived and learned something new.

In October 2018, Bolt scored two goals on his first start for the Mariners in a friendly against Macarthur South West, celebrating with his trademark lightning bolt pose.

The A-League side were not the only team interested in signing Bolt who turned down an offer from Maltese club Valletta, reportedly because the club could not meet his wage demands.

Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017, has said his focus now lies with his various commercial endeavours. He said, “I’m presently concentrating in different businesses, I have lot of things in the pipeline, so for now, I'm just dabbling in everything and trying to be a business man now."

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