Difficult for Ireland to compete in athletics, says Bolt's agent

Usain Bolt's agent has said that Ireland needs to attract young people into athletics to compete better on the world stage.

Ricky Simms, originally from Milford in Co Donegal represents the fastest man on earth, as well as other stars like double medal winner Mo Farah.

Despite comments from Usain Bolt at the weekend, there are no firm plans for a visit to Donegal, but the Jamaican sprinter is always asking when Simms will take him to Ireland.

Speaking this morning, Simms said that athletics is a tough arena for Ireland to compete in.

"It's a very, very tough sport," he said. "Ireland have done well in the past.

"In Jamaica, for example, sprinting is the national sport. In Ireland, we have Gaelic games, we have football, we have rugby, we have other sports that are attracting the talent, so athletics has to try to attract that young talent."

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