usain bolt: my sports life is over

14:00    23 Jan 2019

Usain Bolt
Athletics legend Usain Bolt has given up on his dream of playing professional football and has declared his "sports life over”.

The eight-time Olympic champion spent two months training with Australian side Central Coast Mariners in 2018, but ultimately left when the club failed to secure the financial backing to offer him a pro deal.

"It was fun while it lasted," said the 100m and 200m world record holder. "I don't want to say it wasn't dealt with properly, but I think we went about it not the way we should."

He added: "You live and you learn. It was a good experience - I really enjoyed just being in a team."

Bolt notably scored two goals on his first start for the Mariners in a friendly against Macarthur South West in October 2018. He celebrated the strikes with his trademark lightning bolt pose.

Mariners were not the only side to show interest in Bolt. The 32-year-old turned down an offer from Maltese club Valletta (who reportedly could not afford his wage demands), and also trained with Norwegian club Stromsgodset and German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017, has said his focus now lies with his various commercial endeavours.

"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,” he concluded.

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