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Usain Bolt could compete at Commonwealth Games

Usain Bolt

FILE - In this Thursday, May 26, 2011 file photo, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt competes on his way to win the men’s 100 meters event at the Golden Gala athletics meeting, in Rome. Golden Gala organizers announced Monday, March 31, 2014, that Usain Bolt will skip the Rome Diamond League meet on June 5, citing reported injury problems. However, Bolt’s manager Ricky Simms told The Associated Press that the 100- and 200-meter record holder didn’t have a contract to run the Rome meet and that he is “not aware of any problems.” We were warned a few days ago about Bolt’s problems,” Rome meet director Luigi D’Onofrio said in a statement. “Then the confirmation came: Bolt will skip the Rome stop of the Diamond League, the first meet he had decided to compete in. Obviously we’re disappointed.” Simms said Bolt will make his European season debut in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on June 17, then run the Paris Diamond League meet on July 5 and in Malmo, Sweden, on Aug. 5. “We will announce more meetings in the coming weeks,” Simms wrote in an email. Bolt had a rare 100-meter loss in Rome last year, when American sprinter Justin Gatlin beat him by one-hundredth of a second. Bolt won the 100 in Rome in 2011 and 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

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Usain Bolt could make his Commonwealth Games debut this summer, but it looks like it would only be in a relay.

“I am not ready to compete at the Jamaican Championships this weekend but I have informed the JAAA’s that I am available for selection for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and have submitted the relevant documentation,” Bolt said in a statement on his website. “I do not wish to take the place of anyone who qualifies this weekend in an individual event but am available for relay duty if the selectors feel I can be an asset to the Jamaican team in Glasgow. I have received lots of requests, invitations and messages of support from my fans in Scotland who are looking forward to a great event.”

Bolt hasn’t raced since going head to head with a bus in Buenos Aires on Dec. 14. It was revealed in March that the six-time Olympic champion suffered a foot injury and went to Munich for treatment. Bolt called it a setback in April but said it was nothing serious.

On June 6, he pulled out of meets June 17 and July 5 due to a lack of training but said his foot was 100 percent healthy and that he was in full training. His next scheduled meets are in Warsaw, Poland, on Aug. 23, and Zurich, Switzerland, on Aug. 28.

The Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay rounds are Aug. 1-2.

The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport competition held every four years, almost like a mini Summer Olympics. It includes the Commonwealth of Nations — highlighted by England, Jamaica, Canada, Australia and Kenya.

The U.S. does not compete in the Games, which are held in non-Olympic and non-outdoor World Championship years for track and field.

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