8 Feb

Bolt Set For London Return

Usain Bolt

The world's fastest man Usain Bolt could be set for a surprise return to compete in the UK, one year after he defended his Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles at London 2012. Since 2010, the Jamaican sprinter superstar has avoided taking part in British events due to UK tax laws.

But it was announced this week by the Chancellor George Osborne that the London Grand Prix due to take place in the Olympic Stadium exactly one year on from London 2012's Opening Ceremony on 27 July will be granted a 'one-off exemption'.

Usually such rules are applied for major championship events such as the Champions League Final, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. But it has been introduced especially for the 2013 London Grand Prix - part of the Diamond League series - as a gesture aimed towards benefiting the legacy of London 2012.

Bolt's agent Ricky Simms has already indicated that Bolt could be set for a spectacular return to London this summer. He welcomed the new rule and said: "I think it's about two weeks before the World Championships, which is quite late, but it's London and it's the Olympic Stadium again so it obviously has an attraction."