New Delhi: Still optimistic of Usain Bolt`s
participation, the Organising Committee (OC) of the 2010
Commonwealth Games on Sunday said 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 yesterday said Games here 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
"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 reporters.
"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
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.