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Wed Apr 23 12:25:11 SAST 2014

Bolt too expensive for Stockholm meet

Sapa-AFP | 19 August, 2012 11:130 Comments
Olympics Day 15 - Athletics
Usain Bolt of Jamaica poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's 4 x 100m relay on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images

Newly-crowned Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt was deliberately not invited to the Stockholm Diamond League meeting because the Jamaican commands too great an appearance fee, according to organisers.

Meet organiser Jan Kowalski told the Expressen tabloid: “We’d get to saturation point if he were to run every year.

“We had talks with him but we thought ’is it worth paying the price for him to come?’” 

Kowalski refused to make any statement on the reported remarks when questioned by AFP, but added that the athletes were invited, or not, following an “overall assessment” and according to a ”limited budget”.

The absence of the world’s fastest man, who appeared at the Stockholm meet three times between 2009-11, was marked by many more empty seats in the stadium than usual, Expressen said.

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