Usain Bolt is an IAAF ambassador following his retirement last year. Photo: Srdjan Suki/EPA

CAPE TOWN – Multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt will participate in a development programme at the Ruimsig Stadium in Johannesburg next Monday.

Athletics South Africa announced on Wednesday that Jamaican superstar Bolt – who retired following the world championships in London last year – will be the “principal” of the PUMA School of Speed event.

The competition sees five meetings taking place in Potchefstroom, Johannesburg, Durban, Paarl and Pretoria, to unearth new local sprinting talent.

Bolt will attend the Johannesburg meet at Ruimsig Stadium next Monday.

“The arrival of Bolt comes at an opportune time when the 2018 youth and junior domestic athletics season is now in full swing,” Athletics SA president Aleck Skhosana said on Wednesday.

“His presence here will encourage a lot of youngsters to perform better and elite athletes to renew their ambitions to make South Africa the best.

“We have more than 500 000 youth and junior athletes between the ages of 14-19 years at high school level that are currently competing in domestic school competitions.

“Their main objective is to reach the 2018 ASA Youth and Junior Championships (5-7 April, Paarl) where they hope to qualify to represent South Africa at the 2018 IAAF World Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland from (10-14 June 2018).

“The presence of this icon is a great chance for athletics fans that have followed his career over the years to see him.”

The PUMA School of Speed competitions:

PUK McArthur Stadium, Potchefstroom, 20 January 2018

Ruimsig Stadium, Johannesburg, 29 January 2018

Kings Park Stadium, Durban, 10 February 2018

Dal Josafat Stadium, Paarl, 26 February 2018

Tuks Stadium, Pretoria, 3 March 2018


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