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Bolt confirms availability for Glasgow

ESPN staff
June 27, 2014
The six-time Olympic champion is set for his first Commonwealth Games appearance © AP

Commonwealth Games organisers have received a timely boost with the news that six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt will be available to compete in Glasgow next month.

The Jamaican sprinter, 27, has already pulled out of events in Paris and Ostrava this year due to a foot injury but has now declared himself fit and informed the Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) he is ready for selection.

Bolt, who won gold in the 100m and 200m at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, is unlikely, however, to line-up in any individual events as he will miss the Jamaican Championships this week, after which the selectors will decide on the make-up of the squad that heads to Scotland.

"I am not ready to compete at the Jamaican Championships this weekend but I have informed the JAAA that I am available for selection for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and have submitted the relevant documentation," Bolt said 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."

Should Bolt be included in the Jamaican team, it will be his first appearance at the Commonwealth Games after sitting out Melbourne in 2006 and then Delhi four years ago. Earlier this month, he hinted at a return to competitive action as preparation for a year which could include a World title defence in Beijing.

The Commonwealth Games begin on July 23rd with the 4x100m relay heats scheduled to take place at Hampden Park a week into competition. The Jamaican team won silver, behind England, in the event four years ago but regained their World title, spearheaded by Bolt, in Moscow.

Bolt's compatriot, Yohan Blake, won't be competing after he revealed last week he has made himself unavailable. Blake is looking to manage his workload after being inhibited by a series of injuries over the past year. He will, however, compete in the Diamond League event at Hampden Park before the start of the games.

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