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Sprint star Usain Bolt still keen on football career

Bolt visited Old Trafford in August this year (©GettyImages)
Bolt visited Old Trafford in August this year (©GettyImages).

Sprint king Usain Bolt is considering switching to football or cricket after the 2016 Olympics, according to the BBC.

The Manchester United fan was guest of honour at Old Trafford earlier this season, and the Jamaican watched United in the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley.

But Bolt is also a keen cricketer, and was reportedly set to appear in this year's Big Bash Twenty20 League. The sprinter's agent has since played down the reports, but confirmed that Bolt is eager to try his hand at cricket or football after the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.

Bolt's representative, Ricky Simms, told BBC Sport: "Usain is currently an athlete focused on his preparations for the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

"He may try his hand at cricket or football when he retires from running but that would be after 2016."

Bolt attended Manchester United's 3-2 victory over Fulham in August, and visited the United training ground to meet several of the club's stars, including Ryan Giggs.

And Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson even offered Bolt the opportunity to show what he can do in a friendly match against Real Madrid legends next year.

The double Olympic 100m champion is the fastest man in the world, and after his huge success in London this summer, speculation mounted that Bolt would not continue to 2016 in Brazil.

But it now seems the Jamaica star is committed to Rio 2016, which means any football career would be put on hold until Bolt turns 30 years old.

Whether Manchester United would be interested in a player on the wrong side of 30 is another matter, although Sir Alex Ferguson did splash out £24m on the 29-year-old Robin Van Persie.

Having said that, the Dutchman does have a slightly more proven Premier League track record, but then again, he can't run 100m in 9.58 seconds.

Of course, Bolt could turn his hand to cricket instead, and he's already demonstrated he is a handy fast bowler, knocking the stumps out of the ground when he clean bowled West Indies star Chris Gayle in a recent charity match.

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