Will the world’s fastest man come to Delhi? Usain Bolt’s coach says he won’t. The Commonwealth Games organizers seem convinced he will. They must in fact be praying he’ll change his mind about not attending. Having an athlete of his star power compete at the October event will lift it from being a fairly mundane event on the world’s sporting calendar into the top league.
He could also serve to divert attention from the open secret that India’s preparations for this over-hyped fixture, seen as a colossal waste by many, have arguably been among the world’s worst planned.
Bolt could offer a few tips on that to the Games organizers. Coach Glen Mills was cited by AFP as saying the sprinter had decided a while back that he would skip Delhi to focus on the 2012 London Olympics. This has left the Games organizers, seemingly happy if they can plan a week ahead, not a little puzzled. A sprint or two in between can’t do any harm, can it?