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June 19 - Triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt will definitely miss this year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, his coach has confirmed today.
The news is a devastating blow to the Indian organisers, especially Suresh Kalmadi, the chairman of the organising committee, who had claimed last December that Bolt would definitely be running in the Commonwealth Games.
Bolt, the world record holder for the 100 and 200 metres, is currently recovering from a minor Achilles injury and has been receiving treatment in Munich from Dr. Hans Müller-Wohlfahrt.
He will miss the Jamaican trials for the Commonwealth Games in Kingston next week but his coach Glen Mills claimed that this has nothing to do with the injury but the fact that New Delhi has never been on his schedule.
"Bolt was never down to run at trials," Mills told Track Alerts, a Caribbean-based website.
"Bolt made it known long ago that he is not going to the Commonwealth Games."
Bolt joins an increasing list of top athletes set to miss the Games, the biggest event to be held in India since the 1982 Asan Games and a launchpad to a potential bid fror the 2020 Olympics.
Jessica Ennis, Britain's world heptathlon champion, has already pulled out because she does not want her preparations for the 2011 to be compromised.
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April 2010: Bolt may run at 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi
December 2009: Red-face for Commonwealth Games chief as Bolt denies he will definitely be there
October 2009: Bolt casts big doubt over 2010 Commonwealth Games
September 2009: Bolt will run at Commonwealth Games, Kalmadi claims
September 2009: Commonwealth Games seeking Indian sponsor for Bolt