Sport Lord Coe keen for athletics to find personalities to replace retiring Usain Bolt

01:06  13 august  2017
01:06  13 august  2017 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Usain Bolt said he was "saying goodbye to everything" and "almost cried" as his successful career Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt , 30, is retiring from athletics having illuminated the sport like It meant the 19-time global champion, recently described by Lord Coe as "a genius" akin to boxing

Usain St Leo Bolt OJ CD (/ˈjuːseɪn/; born 21 August 1986) is a retired Jamaican sprinter and world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay.

Lord Coe, left, told Usain Bolt he could have any role he wants with the IAAF: 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Three - London Stadium © PA WIRE 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Three - London Stadium

Lord Coe has called on the next generation of athletes to fill the void left by the retiring Usain Bolt.

The president of the IAAF, athletics' world governing body, wants young stars to be allowed to show off their personalities.

Bolt signed off a glittering career in agonising fashion on Saturday evening, pulling up injured on the anchor leg for Jamaica in the 4x100 metres relay at the World Championships in London.

He was also denied a golden solo send-off last weekend when he claimed bronze in the 100m, behind American duo Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman.

Lord Coe keen for athletics to find personalities to replace retiring Usain Bolt

  Lord Coe keen for athletics to find personalities to replace retiring Usain Bolt Lord Coe has called on the next generation of athletes to fill the void left by the retiring Usain Bolt. The president of the IAAF, athletics' world governing body, wants young stars to be allowed to show off their personalities. Bolt signed off a glittering career in the 4x100 metre relay at the World Championships in London on Saturday. He won bronze in the 100m last weekend, coming behind American duo Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman, to deny him a golden solo send-off.

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Lord Coe warned athletes and their entourages on Saturday night they must stop being so bland if athletics is to prove there is life after Usain Bolt . Kirsten Warholm was hailed by Coe as the type of personality athletics needs Credit: Action plus.

But the 30-year-old, an eight-time Olympic champion and 100m and 200m world record holder, has shone with his big personality over the past decade, and Coe wants others to follow suit.

He said: "There's more need for us to demonstrate that we have some incredible talent. Look at the youth that's surfaced in these championships, it's the youngest cohort of medallists and winners. It's very good out there. We've just got to make sure that people know that.

"Having said that we're doing this with and for the athletes, I think the athletes have also got to realise that they've also got quite a sizeable part to play in this.

"I want athletes with opinions, I want them with views; sometimes they're going to be uncomfortable but I sense sometimes the agents and the managers are sitting there curtailing that kind of engagement.

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Usain Bolt retired with a swipe at doping athletes as Lord Coe , the president of the IAAF, admits regret at the Jamaican’s retirement .

Usain Bolt has been the fastest man on the planet for almost a decade but bows out of the sport on Saturday. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt hangs up his running spikes this week, ending an illustrious career in athletics . "But the sport will survive after Usain Bolt retires .

"We have a young reporters' programme from all backgrounds and they think our athletes are less communicative and less engaging and engaged than a lot of other sports.

"We've got to encourage the athletes to be themselves. When they are you (the media) are going to find them more interesting and I think the public will become more engaged. (Norway's 400m hurdle champion) Karsten Warholm, 21, is absolutely the sort of character we need in this sport."

Bolt is planning to work with the IAAF after his retirement, most likely in a youth engagement role, but Coe joked he was happy for the Jamaican to do what he wanted.

He added: "I was chatting to him before the (100m) medal ceremony and, slightly tongue-in-cheek, he looked at me and said, 'So what do you want me to do now, boss?'"

"And I went, 'Anything you want to do, really'."

Coe also presented Gatlin - twice banned for doping violations - with his 100m title with the 35-year-old booed on the podium.

"I'm not being remotely cavalier or particularly sanguine about it. It wasn't entirely unexpected," he said.

"I don't want to be in stadiums where athletes get booed but I'm not the thought police. People do feel strongly about it and I think it is really important that athletes recognise that that is the case.

"I'd have probably been slightly more concerned if it had been treated as business as usual. It wasn't the perfect script but I don't think it's defined these championships."

Athletics has a big hole to be filled post-Bolt says marketing expert .
Track and field is at a crossroads in the post-Usain Bolt era, a sports marketing expert says. The Jamaican retired on Saturday after the London 2017 World Championships and an Olympic career which garnered six individual gold medals and eight in all.Bolt's on-track performances in the 100 metres and 200m and showmanship off it attracted spectators and sponsors, who may now be less inclined to invest in track and field due to the void he will leave behind.M&C Saatchi Sport and Entertainment chief executive Steve Martin told Press Association Sport: "It's at a natural crossroads.

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