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ATHLETICS: Glasgow 2014 chiefs in hot pursuit of Usain Bolt

Published:Monday | January 27, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Commonwealth Games chiefs are in hot pursuit for Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt for this summer's event in Scotland.

Organisers of Glasgow 2014 are hoping the prospect of running away with gold medals and world records will be enough to persuade Bolt to attend the event.

Officials at the Commonwealth Games Federation say they are doing all they can to persuade Bolt, the greatest sprinter in the world, to line up in Glasgow.

The Jamaican has previously shown interest in competing at the event but is not required to make a decision until June, a month before the start of the Games.

The prospect of Bolt missing this summer’s games is a concern for senior officials at the federation, the body responsible for the direction and control of the event.

Peter Murphy, the head of communications at the Commonwealth Games Federation says Glasgow 2014 will be lobbying for Bolt to be in Scotland.

Murphy says the organisers and the Commonwealth Games Federation are in constant touch with Bolt’s management.

With just six months until the start, it is looking increasingly unlikely that double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will compete.

Fellow 2012 Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill is expecting her first child and will not compete and there is fresh pressure on officials to make sure eligible big names make it to this summer’s event.


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