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Bolt may take up cricket or football after Rio Olympics

621   //    21 Nov 2012, 16:09 IST

TOKYO, JAPAN – OCTOBER 10: Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt attends the press conference at Puma House on October 10, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.

London, Nov 21 – World’s fastest man Usain Bolt may consider switching to cricket or football after the 2016 Olympics in Rio, his agent said Wednesday.

The Jamaican, 26, held talks with Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne but finally gave up on this idea.

Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms told BBC: “Usain is currently an athlete focused on his preparations for the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.”

“He may try his hand at cricket or football when he retires from running but that would be after 2016.”

Simms said: “I met with the Melbourne Stars in October and told them Usain is not available to play cricket this year.”

Melbourne Stars media manager Jess Cook told BBC Sport that the team had held “lengthy discussions” with Bolt’s representatives over the summer but nothing came out of it .

“From our end this has been done and dusted since mid?October,” she said.

“We had lengthy discussions with Bolt’s management from June to August but his training schedule ahead of the World Championships unfortunately wouldn’t allow him to be involved with the Stars this summer.

“We will remain close to Bolt and explore it again next season.”

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