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“Don’t even start” – Bolt reveals he was stopped from coming out of retirement for Olympics

100m and 200m world record holder Usain Bolt has revealed he was stopped by his coach from coming out of retirement to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Eight-time Olympic champion said it is “too late” for a comeback but admits he has “got that itch” for a dramatic return to the tracks.

The 35-year-old ended his illustrious athletics career in 2017.

He has stated that he was dared to come out of retirement but was talked out of it by his trainer.

“It’s too late. If I was going to come back it would have been to be for this Olympics,” he told BBC Sport.

“When I told my coach I was going to retire he sat me down and said ‘when you retire that’s it. I’m not doing any comeback tours, nothing. So make sure you are ready to retire’.

“I remember I went to him in 2019 and said ‘what do you think about coming back for the Olympics?’ And he looked at me and said ‘don’t even start’.

“So if it’s not my coach, I’m not going to do it, because I believe in him and if he says no, it’s no – but I’ve got that itch though.”

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