Usain Bolt is likely to miss this year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, according to the sprinter’s manager.
Ricky Simms was quoted on Sunday as saying the Jamaican _ the Olympic and world champion over 100 and 200 metres and the 4x100m relay _ could not consider the October event a priority.
Simms said in the Mail on Sunday: “It’s now looking unlikely Usain will be going to the Commonwealth Games. His priorities have to lie elsewhere.
“First and foremost is his four_year plan leading up to the next Olympics, which is exactly what he did prior to Beijing in 2008.
“It’s started well enough with what he achieved at last summer’s Berlin World Championships, but this year is all about the Diamond League and a continuation of his preparation for 2012. He also views the World Championships in 2011 and 2013 as crucially important.”
Bolt broke his own 100 and 200m world records in Berlin, lowering his 100m mark to 9.58 seconds and his 200m mark to 19.19secs.
Simms added: “The timing of the Commonwealth Games is the issue here. By the start of October, Usain will have needed to have rested and then began his pre_season which, as every athlete knows, is massively important.
“If you don’t get your pre_season right, then you won’t get the following summer right. If Usain ran in Delhi, it would not only require him to stay at his best from pretty much May through to October, but then delay his pre_season until Christmas or the new year.
That would be far too late if he wants to emulate his feats so far on a global stage in 2011. It’s not as if Usain doesn’t want to be at the Games, it’s more the case that he most probably can’t afford to be there.”