Usain Bolt arrived in Australia on Friday night [Saturday morning, Australia time] as he prepares to undertake a three-month training stint in his bid to become a professional footballer.
Bolt will on this coming Tuesday, his 32nd birthday, begin training with A-League club, Central Coast Mariners for an indefinite training period.
Bolt, who arrived at the Sydney International Airport following a 14-hour flight from Los Angeles, said he was eager to get started.
“I’ve said all along this is for real and I’m here to show what I can do. I know what I’m capable of and I know what I can do, so this is the opportunity,” he said shortly after his arrival where, according to Australia’s Guardian newspaper, he was greeting by a gaggle of media personnel and a throng of “diehard” fans.
The club hopes to turn him into an A-League player in about three months, with a view to offering the eight-time Olympic gold medalist a full-time contract in time for the start of the 2018-19 season in late-October.
Since he retired from track and field after his third-place finish at the IAAF World Championships in London in 2017, Bolt, in pursuing his dream of becoming a professional football player, has had training stints with Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa and Stromsgodset in Norway.
Source: Leighton Levy