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OC may use CGF boss' influence to secure Bolt for Delhi Games

india Updated: Jun 20, 2010 21:06 IST
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Still optimistic of Usain Bolt's participation, the Organising Committee (OC) of the 2010 Commonwealth Games on Sunday said that if required, it would seek CGF President Mike Fennell's intervention to ensure the sprint superstar's presence in the October 3-14 event.

Triple Olympic and world champion sprinter Bolt's coach Glen Mills on Saturday said Games in New Delhi are not part of the Jamaican's schedule and comes at a time when he would be doing his base training for next year's world championships.

OC secretary Lalit Bhanot, however, said that they are still hoping that Bolt will compete in the mega sporting event in New Delhi.

"We don't have any official communication from Jamaican NOC on whether Bolt will participate or not but we believe he will take part in the Games," Bhanot told PTI.

"More than 150 athletes from Jamaica will take part in the Games. Jamaican National Olympic Committee has sent the number of athletes and they will send the list of the athletes by September 3 cut off date. Before that we would not know anything," he added.

Bhanot said OC could even explore the possibility of using the good offices of Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell, who is also Jamaican Olympic Association president, to ensure Bolt's participation in the Games.

"Of course, we will definitely look into the option of requesting Mr Fennell to help us in regard to Bolt's participation," said Bhanot, who is also Indian Olympic Association General Secretary.

He, however, denied any talk of OC giving any appearance fee on Bolt for his participation.

"There is no question of giving appearance fee," he said.