As can be expected, the incomparable Usain Bolt is looking forward to the Olympic Games next year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The picture isn’t so clear when it comes to the 2017 World Championships in London. According to a report carried in the November issue of Track and Field News, Bolt will make his mind up about competing in 2017 after Rio. According to Track and Field News, Bolt is contemplating advice from coach Glen Mills. “After Rio, as I said, my sponsors want me to go one more year,” he recounted, “but my coach said: “Listen to me, ‘if you’re not going to be serious about going to the World Championships in London, then I shouldn’t go’.” Bolt, who has won two Olympic sprint doubles and seven individual World Championship gold medals, explained: “So it’s all about how I feel after Rio, if I can really put my body through one more season.” This year, he suffered through a restrictive back injury. Treatment in Germany helped him to recover just in time to defend his World titles in Beijing, China. Olympics outlook bright His outlook on the Rio Olympics was much brighter. “As long as I don’t get injured next season, it’s going to be great,” he said just after winning the 200 metres in a world-leading time of 19.55 seconds in Beijing. The interview appeared in the ‘Last Lap’ section of November’s issue of Track and Field News. Sprinting is a young man’s game, but there are instances of high performance at a relatively advanced age. Thirty-year-old American Carl Lewis won his third World 100 metres title in 1991 in world record time. Linford Christie of Britain took the Olympic gold medal a year later at 32 years old and confirmed his superiority with a World Championship win in 1993 at 33. Bolt will celebrate his 31st birthday just after the 2017 World Championships. A win there in the 100 metres would break his tie for the most wins in that event with Lewis, who won in 1983, 1987 and 1991 when the Worlds were staged every four years. The Jamaican already has the most wins in the 200m with success in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015. By comparison, Calvin Smith and Michael Johnson of the United States both won the event on two occasions each, with no one else taking gold in the curved sprint more than once.
He broke many a records with his batting but Virat Kohli, the medium-pacer, could have had a lot more than eight international wickets if his teammates believed in his bowling ability like he himself does.Kohli, albeit in a lighter vein, explained why he has not bowled in international cricket since December 2017.”It was the during the ODI series in Sri Lanka (in 2017) where we had almost won everything, I asked MS (Dhoni) if I could bowl. Just when I was getting ready to roll my arm over, Bumrah (Jasprit) shouted from the boundary and said ‘no joking around, it is an international game’.”No one in the team believes in my bowling but I do. After that I had back issues and then never bowled (in the middle),” said the Indian captain in an interview to host broadcaster of the World Cup.A little warm-up before hitting the nets for #TeamIndia Skipper @imVkohli.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/OlwbKq0czD BCCI (@BCCI) May 30, 2019Kohli, however, still bowls in the nets, most recently in a practice session here earlier this week.He has taken four wickets in ODIs and as many in T20s. He has bowled 163 balls in Test cricket but the wickets column remains empty.The star batsman also shared an anecdote which shows that he has always taken his bowling seriously.”I used to follow James Anderson’s action when I was at the academy (in Delhi). Later, when I got to play alongside him, I told him about that story. We both had a good laugh over it,” Kohli quipped.advertisementAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Pakistanis love Virat Kohli, says Younis KhanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa off to their worst ever start in World Cup historyAlso See