mercoledì 20 aprile 2016

Usain Bolt chasing medals and not money at 2017 World Championships, claim London chiefs

The world’s fastest man is expected to draw the curtain on his illustrious career when the IAAF world athletics championships take place at the Olympic stadium next year.
Although retiring at this year’s Rio Olympics would perhaps be more fitting, it is believed Jamaican Bolt, 29, will elect to race for another season, finishing at the venue where he won three gold medals during the London 2012 Games
. Some speculate his major sponsors, such as Puma, will prefer him to say his farewells in London.
In 2013, the Chancellor George Osborne first announced a tax break in his Budget – meaning high-profile overseas sports stars were temporarily exempt from paying UK income tax. That is likely to remain in place for next summer.
But Niels de Vos, the CEO of UK Athletics and Championship Director of London 2017, said: “Usain’s incentives are to become a world champion once again.
“Athletes won’t get paid. So people who say he is running here for the (sponsorship) money are not just being cynical – they are being foolish.  Do sports people compete for the money at a world championship? No, they compete for the glory.”
Yesterday London 2017 organisers confirmed that, of the 1.5m tickets available for the IAAF worlds and Para-Athletics worlds (held in the July), one million tickets would cost £35 or less. All children’s tickets would be priced at £9.58 in recognition of Bolt’s 2009 100m world record time of 9.58secs.

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