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Usain Bolt out of Rome Diamond League with foot injury

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The world's fastest man Usain Bolt has confirmed that he will not be able to compete in the IAAF Diamond League event in Rome on June 5 due to a foot injury.

Bolt has been back in the Caribbean following treatment on his foot in Germany this week and is scheduled to resume training shortly.

The last time Usain Bolt competed in Rome was last summer where he was beaten by Justin Gatlin in a thrilling 100m race that saw the American sprinter take victory by just one hundredth of a second.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the meeting director of Rome's Gala event, Luigi D'Onofrio said: "We were informed of Usain’s problems some days ago and have have been following the story with concern, because of the agreement we had with his management.

"Ultimately, we received the news that Bolt will miss Rome’s leg of the IAAF Diamond League, the first one he had decided to take part in."

The Olympic and world champion is scheduled to appear and compete in Ostrava, Czech Republic on June 17 and a couple of weeks later in Paris, France on July 5.

As yet, Bolt has not officially announced whether he will be able to represent his country at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which takes place later on July 23.

Jamaica will be expected to announce a strong team to compete for glory at the Commonwealth Games and the biggest names in the sport should boost ticket sales for summer event.

However, fellow national sprinter Asafa Powell is currently awaiting the verdict of a drugs trial, which will determine whether or not he is eligible to compete.

Powell failed a drugs test last year for the banned substance Oxilofrine and the announcement to this trial is set to be announced next week on April 10.

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