Football foray won't diminish Bolt legacy insists Boldon

By November 02, 2018
Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt.

Trinidad and Tobago track and field legend turned noted pundit Ato Boldon has rejected suggestions Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt could ruin his legacy with a foray into the sport of football.

After eight weeks on trial at Australia A-League club Central Coast Mariners, Bolt and the outfit parted ways after being unable to agree to a contract. 

Now 32-year-old, the track and field has long expressed his desire to try his luck as a professional footballer but the move has led to contrasting re-actions.  While some have agreed with Bolt on not thinking limits, others have claimed what could be a failed bid at changing sports could diminish his legacy as a sprinter.  Boldon does not agree.

“In the same way that Michael Jordan (played baseball) after he had done everything he could do in the NBA,” Boldon told the T&T Newsday.

“He should have been allowed to pursue his passion, which was baseball even though he was not that great at it. I see Bolt as almost the exact same case and I route very heavily for him now.”

 

 

 

 

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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