Usain Bolt declares his ‘sports life over’; gives up on football dream

Bolt, who won Olympic sprint gold medals in Beijing, London and Rio, said his focus now was on his business endeavours
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Jamaican Sprinter-turned-footballer and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt reportedly gave up on his dream of becoming a professional footballer, saying “the sports life is over” for him.

Bolt spent two months training with Australian side Central Coast Mariners but left in November after the club failed to find financial backing for a professional deal.

Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017 and still holds the 100m and 200m world records, said he does not regret trying to become a professional footballer.

“I don’t want to say it wasn’t dealt with properly, but I think we went about it, not the way we should and you learn your lesson, you live and you learn,” he said according to the reports.

“It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was different from track and field and it was fun while it lasted.”

Bolt, who won Olympic sprint gold medals in Beijing, London and Rio, said his focus now was on his business endeavors.

“I’m just doing many different things … the sports life is over, so I’m now moving into different businesses, I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I’m just dabbling in everything and trying to be a business man now.”

Inputs: Reuters, BBC