“I Will Be There”: Usain Bolt Reveals His Plans for Athletics World Championships 2022

Published 10/16/2021, 1:20 PM EDT


The Olympic sprinting legend, Usain Bolt, might have retired from the field, but he still plays a significant role in the sport. Courtesy of his glories, he took the sport to unprecedented heights, attaining global recognition himself. 

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Despite announcing his retirement in 2017, Bolt continues to work for the betterment of the sport. Notably, the Jamaican sprinter recently revealed his plans to attend the first-ever World Championships in the USA. 

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Usain Bolt coming to the US in 2022

While some of the biggest names in the sport hail from the USA, the nation has never hosted the World Championships. The World Athletics Championships were inaugurated in Finland in 1983, and to date, 17 championships have been held. 

Finally, the USA will host its first-ever championship in 2022, which was ideally supposed to take place in 2020. However, it was postponed because of the pandemic and the rescheduled Olympic Games. Eugene, Oregon, will be the first American host of the athletics championship from 15th July to 24th July 2022. 

Appreciating the World Championships being held in America for the first time, Bolt said, “The U.S. is one of those places where track and field are not that big. So the fact we have brought it to the U.S. now is very important for the athletes to perform and to really get eyes on the sport.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates during a lap of honour following finishing in third place in the mens 100m final during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

If not competing, Bolt loves to be present on the field. The legendary sprinter revealed he plans to attend the championships as a priority. “For me, I would love to be part of it. No matter what is going on I will be there,” Bolt said.   

It would be a delight for fans, as well as the athletes, to have the fastest man on earth in attendance.

Bolt’s world record under threat

For decades now, Usain Bolt’s 100m and 200m world records have not been surpassed, despite glorious attempts from many.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after he wins gold during the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, with technology upgrades and young talents rising, Bolt’s world record would definitely be under threat. Do you think 2022 will be the year Bolt’s world record would be broken?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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