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ATHLETICS: Usain Bolt could miss London Games due to UK tax rules

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2014 | 8:48 AM

The Online Mail is reporting that global athletics stars such as Jamaican Usain Bolt are in doubt for the London Anniversary Games this July, owing to UK tax rules.

British Athletics confirmed this summer's prestigious Diamond League event, will be staged in Glasgow on July 11 and 12.

The meet traditionally took place at Crystal Palace but was moved to the Olympic Stadium last year to mark the one-year anniversary of London 2012.

The Online Mail reported that, while non-resident athletes will be exempt from paying tax during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow two weeks later, participants at the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix will not enjoy similar privileges.

Treasury ministers could still decide to grant another temporary exemption, as they did with last year's Anniversary Games and the London 2012 Olympics, but Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs described these cases as 'exceptional'.

The 27-year-old Bolt did not compete in the UK in 2010 or 2011 as non-resident athletes are liable for 50 per cent tax on their appearance fee, plus a proportion of their worldwide earnings.

He has already committed to complete in Ostrava on June 17, Paris on July 5 and Malmo on August 5, but has yet to confirm whether he will represent Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games.

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