Srinagar, Aug 7: Having hanged his shoes on track field, the spring legend Usain Bolt wanted to pursue his career in professional football which didn’t materialise like what he would have thought off.
Now the Legend has come out and said in an interview that he was denied ‘a fair chance’ to become footballer. He particularly mentioned about getting fair chance in Australian professional football League.
The Jamaican based eight-time Olympic champion, tried out with the Central Coast Mariners in 2018 after quitting athletics, hoping to fulfil a childhood dream to become a soccer player. His quest got worldwide attention.
In a recent interview with Australia’s Channel Nine television network Bolt said, “I think I didn’t get a fair chance”.
“I didn’t do it how I wanted to do it, but it’s something I think I would’ve been good at,” he was quoted as saying.
“But it’s just one of those things you miss out on and just have to move on.”
Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder, had previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway.
Asked if he had any regrets about his attempted career shift, he replied: “I do think about it sometimes that it didn’t work out the way that I wanted it to, because football is something that I love.
“The fact that it didn’t work out I do think about it, but as I said, it’s one of those things you’ve got to move past.”
(with inputs from AFP)