Usain Bolt will try to train with Borussia Dortmund in March, but nothing has been arranged yet, his agent said Sunday.
Earlier Sunday, a newspaper report quoted Bolt saying, “In March we’re going to do a trials with Dortmund, and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes. If they say I’m good, and that I need a bit of training, I’ll do it.
“It makes me nervous. I don’t get nervous but this is different, this is football now. It’ll take time to adjust but once I play a few times I’ll get used to it. It was the same when I started track and field. I was nervous for a while until I started getting used to the crowd, people and everyone around and it falls into place.”
Bolt has been linked to training with Dortmund for more than one year. The retired sprinter and German Bundesliga soccer club share an apparel sponsor in Puma.
“Puma boss decided that he could get me just some training time with Borussia Dortmund at the end of next season,” Bolt said in November 2016. “He asked me if I wanted to do it. I was like why not. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to try to see if I was any good at. So at the end of the season, next season, I’ll go out there and do a little training to see if it would be worthy.”
Bolt tore his left hamstring in the final race of his career at the world championships in August, which could have delayed any soccer training.
Bolt has long said he desires to play professional soccer, with most of his comments about his favorite Premier League club, Manchester United.
He spoke with former longtime Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson while attending a United-Leicester City match on Aug. 26.
“I said, if I get fit, will you give me a trial, and he said give me a call and we’ll see what happens,” Bolt said in September, according to Australia’s 9 News. “So, we’ll see how that works out.”
Usain Bolt doesn’t lack confidence in his soccer skills.
“I think I can make the Jamaica [national] team easily,” Bolt mused while appearing at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin on Sunday, according to Reuters. “I wouldn’t say they are that good at this point.”
Jamaica is ranked No. 59 in the world.
For the fifth straight time, the Reggae Boyz failed to qualify for the World Cup, finishing 10th in CONCACAF (no more than four CONCACAF nations can qualify for the World Cup).
Bolt, who has said he planned to train with German club Borussia Dortmund, has been linked to Jamaica’s national team before.
She then passed the flame to the first relay runner, Greek skier Apostolos Angelis, who ran with it for a short distance before handing over to former Manchester United soccer player Park Ji-sung, a South Korean.
From the verdant, rain-soaked valley of Ancient Olympia, where the Games of antiquity were held for more than a thousand years, the flame will course through Greece for eight days and reach South Korea on Nov. 1.
Despite tensions between the U.S. and North Korea — with which the south remains technically at war — organizers insist there is no fear for the Feb. 9-25 Winter Games.
“We want the international community to understand that we are committed to hosting a safe and secure” Games, organizing committee chief Lee Hee-beom said during Tuesday’s lighting ceremony.
The ski resort town of PyeongChang lies about 50 miles south of the world’s most heavily armed border that divides the two Koreas.
The International Olympic Committee has also stressed that there is no cause for concern. IOC president Thomas Bach made no direct reference to the tensions Tuesday, only saying during his speech that the Games “stand above and beyond all the differences that divide us.”
Normally, the flame-lighting ceremony involves the priestess offering a token prayer to the dead pagan gods of Olympia — a major ancient Greek sanctuary — before using a bowl-shaped mirror to focus the heat of the sun’s rays on her torch.
But with rain forcing officials to huddle under umbrellas, there was no hope.
“Sorry for the rain,” Greek Olympic Committee chief Spyros Capralos joked.