Usain Bolt discusses Denis O’Brien and a future in football

Usain Bolt discusses Denis O’Brien and a future in football

Usain Bolt gave a fascinating interview on Newstalk’s The Pat Kenny Show this morning, chatting about everything from football to Denis O’Brien.

The world's fastest man ruled out racing at the Tokyo Olympics, but did hint that his days as a sportsman may not end when he leaves athletics after the world championships next year.

Bolt made history when he claimed the 'triple triple' at this summer's Games in Rio - that's three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay.

The 30-year-old thinks that speed could be useful on the soccer pitch and said he is considering becoming a footballer when he retires from running.

“Football is something that I always wanted to try, so it is still a thought in the back of my mind,” he said.

“But it’s not first on the agenda, we’ll see how it goes.”

Last week it was announced that the Jamaican sprinter has been given a lifetime role as an ambassador for mobile phone network provider, who operate in the Caribbean market.

Bolt was complimentary about Digicel owner, Irish businessman Denis O’Brien.

“He’s my boy, you know what I mean?” he said. “He’s really a nice person and obviously he has faith in me, he has made me a job for life.”

Bolt also plans to work with young athletes in his home country.

“I know I'll find a lot of work to do in track-and-field. I want to work with the kids in Jamaica, the high school kids, to help them move along to the professional level.”

You can listen back to the interview at newstalk.com.

More in this Section

Amnesty International urge FIFA not to let China host Club World CupAmnesty International urge FIFA not to let China host Club World Cup

FA chief Clarke wants concussion substitutes introduced ‘as quickly as possible’FA chief Clarke wants concussion substitutes introduced ‘as quickly as possible’

Mohamed Salah returns to Liverpool training after ankle injuryMohamed Salah returns to Liverpool training after ankle injury

FAI to claim privilege over two more documents in ODCE investigationFAI to claim privilege over two more documents in ODCE investigation


Lifestyle

Put provenance first this season and make 'Made in Munster' the label to be seen in. With outstanding craftmanship and commitment to quality, these homegrown designers are making Munster-made fashion wish list worthy around the world. Shopping local has never looked so good. Carolyn Moore reports.Made in Munster: Shopping local has never looked this good.

Karen Cunneen-Bilbow Owner, Fabricate IrelandMade in Munster: ‘I turned my hobby into a business’

An invitation is extended to all to pay a visit to Bride View Cottage, writes Charlie WilkinsSeasonal cheer will spread early in Co Cork as an invitation is extended to all to visit Bride View Cottage

After a week of Fortnite Chapter 2, we think it’s fair to say Epic lived up to their name with the game’s ‘re-launch’.GameTech: Happy after a week of Fortnite Chapter 2

More From The Irish Examiner