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Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt announces plans to open Sports Clinic in Jamaica

No world records; it's all beyond me now. Right now it is just for me to go out there and leave with a big bang as much as possible

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  • Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has announced plans to open a sports clinic in Jamaica
  • Bolt, the world’s fastest man so far, is now turning his attention to the World Championships in London next year
  • Bolt has wild card entries for both the 100m and 200m at the August 5-13 World Championships by virtue of winning both events at last year’s world championships

September 15,2016: Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has announced plans to open a sports clinic in Jamaica after retiring from the track and field.

The Jamaican, who last month brought down the curtains on his Olympic career after sweeping the sprint titles in the third successive Games, says he wants to address injury concerns plaguing young athletes, reports CMC.

“One of the things that I am working towards is trying to open a sports clinic in Jamaica. That’s one thing that’s always on my mind,” said Bolt, who set the 100 meter and 200m world records of 9.58 and 19.19 seconds in 2009.

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“Especially for the youth in track and field because I think injury has always been a problem for youth coming up, and I also would like them to get better care. I also would like to stick with the track and field and stay as close as possible to track and field, so that’s one thing.”

Bolt, the world’s fastest man so far, is now turning his attention to the World Championships in London next year, before officially retiring from the sport at the age of 31.

He is planning to only contest the 100m in London but says his coach has other ideas.

“That’s the plan, but I still have to discuss it with my coach,” Bolt told Television Jamaica on Tuesday.

“(Glen Mills) still wants me to do the double, but I’ve told him I would really like to just do the 100m, so at the start of the season we’ll decide exactly what (to focus on), but that’s what’s on my mind.”

Bolt has wild card entries for both the 100m and 200m at the August 5-13 World Championships by virtue of winning both events at last year’s world championships.

He says he is not planning to break records in London.

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“No world records; it’s all beyond me now. Right now it is just for me to go out there and leave with a big bang as much as possible,” said Bolt.

“I just want to go to the World Championships, do my best as always and stay on a certain level and that’s the plan.” (IANS)

  • Anubhuti Gupta

    Such a great initiative by Bolt. He is truly an inspiration.

  • Enakshi

    Such initatives ! Much needed ..
    Hail Bolt !

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IOC Cancels Places for 2020 Tokyo Games from India after it Refused Visas to Pakistan

India has accused Pakistan of involvement in a suicide bombing in Kashmir last week that killed 40 paramilitary soldiers and has vowed to "isolate" its arch-rival neighbor over the attack.

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FILE - Shimaa Hashad of Egypt takes part in a pratice session with an air rifle at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, in New Delhi, Feb. 20, 2019. VOA

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday canceled places for the 2020 Tokyo Games shooting competition to be awarded at an event in India after the host country refused to give visas to Pakistani shooters, the head of the sport’s governing body said.

India has accused Pakistan of involvement in a suicide bombing in Kashmir last week that killed 40 paramilitary soldiers and has vowed to “isolate” its arch-rival neighbor over the attack.

Sixteen qualifying places for the Tokyo Games were to be decided at the opening shooting World Cup event in New Delhi. But Vladimir Lisin, president of the ISSF world body, said these would now go to other qualifying events.

“The International Olympic Committee informed us this World Cup will not be included in the competitions for Olympic quotas,” Lisin, himself an IOC executive member, told the tournament opening ceremony late Thursday.

“The quotas will be distributed at another World Cup. No one can be discriminated against and we have to follow the IOC decision as part of the IOC family,” he added.

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FILE – Indian paramilitary soldiers stand by the wreckage of a bus after an explosion in Pampore, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Feb. 14, 2019. VOA

The IOC said it was deliberating on the controversy and would soon announce a decision.

Over 500 shooters are taking part in the Indian event, for which competition starts Saturday.

Pakistan, which has denied any role in the Kashmir attack, says two shooters and a coach were denied visas to attend the contest.

Lisin said the International Shooting Sport Federation and the Indian organizing committee had done everything possible to get the shooters to the contest.

But National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh said he could not go against the Indian government’s decision.

Singh also insisted no final decision on the Olympic places had been taken.

“Nothing is canceled as of now. The status as of now is we don’t know,” Singh told reporters. “There are meetings that are going on where the position is being assessed by the IOC and the government.”

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Amid widespread anger over last week’s Kashmir attack, some calls have also been made for India’s cricket team to boycott its scheduled World Cup game against Pakistan in England later this year.

Media reports said Indian cricket’s governing body, the BCCI, had prepared a letter calling for Pakistan to be banned from the cricket World Cup. (VOA)