Usain Bolt sees himself probably running after the 2017 World Championships in London, with the Jamaican believing he can continue to dominate the sport of athletics for years to come. Bolt had earlier said, several times, that the big event in London would be his last before retirement.
The Jamaican is currently preparing for the Rio Olympics, where he is the favourite to defend his 100m and 200m titles. Speaking ahead of a meeting in Ostrava, Bolt said he is reconsidering his decision to retire after the World Championships in 2017, even if the Jamaican insisted that decision would be made only if he finds a way to train as little as possible.
I was always thinking it would be after the World Championship next year, but my coach keeps saying that I should stop saying that," Bolt was quoted as saying by The Guardian. "If you could figure out a way to train less and still run fast, I would stay very long.
"Travelling the world and racing, it's the same fun, I really enjoy that, but training, it's only getting worse."
Bolt also said he believes running 100m below 9.10 and the 200m below 19s are still possible, and that remains his primary target at the Rio Olympics, even if his season began on an underwhelming note, when he crossed the finish line at the Cayman Island Invitational in over 10 seconds and tweaked his hamstring a touch as well. While the injury concern was not serious, Bolt will know he has a long way to go, if he is to hit his peak at the right time come August.
While the Jamaican has the potential and talent to win gold even when not at his best, to beat his own world records, he will have to be in top form.
"I think anything is possible, that's my motto," Bolt added. "I go there every day with that mindset. "I'm just trying to close it out as best as possible."
Bolt also weighed on the latest doping scandal to hit the sport, with 31 athletes from the Beijing Olympics in 2008 testing positive after a retest.
"It is really bad news and rough (for the sport)," Bolt said. "(But), WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) are doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport. They've proven that anybody who has cheated, they're going to catch."