Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has revealed he wants to compete at this year's Commonwealth Games.
The 27-year-old added he does not want to take part in an individual event at the expense of a teammate, but wishes to run in the relay, if selected.
Bolt, who won three of his six Olympic golds in London two years ago, has missed the start of this season with a foot injury and will not make the Jamaican Championships this weekend.
"I am not ready to compete at the Jamaican Championships this weekend," a statement on Bolt's website read. "But I have informed the JAAA’s that I am available for selection for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and have submitted the relevant documentation.
"I do not wish to take the place of anyone who qualifies this weekend in an individual event but am available for relay duty if the selectors feel I can be an asset to the Jamaican team in Glasgow."
If selected, it will be the first time the 100 metre and 200m world record-holder has ever raced in the Commonwealths, having missed Melbourne in 2006, and Delhi four years ago. It would also give Bolt the chance to win the only major championship title he is yet to win.
The likely event he would be chosen for is the 4X100m relay. The Jamaicans won the event at last summer's World Championships and would be strong favourites to go one better than the silver they took in India, particularly if the fastest man in the world is in the quartet.
Bolt revealed the fact the Games were in Glasgow had a big impact on his decision. "I have received lots of requests, invitations and messages of support from my fans in Scotland who are looking forward to a great event,” he said.
The announcement will come as great news to the organisers of the Games, who had feared a lack of big names would compete, but with Bolt, and British Olympic champion Mo Farah both confirming their places for the competition, the field will be strong.
The opening ceremony takes place on July 23.
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