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"Genius" Usain Bolt is like Muhammad Ali, says Coe

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 01:44

IAAF President Sebastian Coe describes Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as a 'genius'.

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 31, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "Usain Bolt is a genius. I can't think of other than Muhammad Ali in my sporting lifetime, I can't think of anybody that has so had an impact inside or beyond their sport. And when you're sitting there, you know, you can have the, you know, the Friday night in the pub conversations about who's the best footballer and who's the best tennis player and we can have arguments about Pele and (Diego) Maradona or (Roger) Federer or you know going back a few generations Rod Laver but there's no argument about this guy in sprinting. He is the best sprinter of all time. But actually what we're going to miss is not the possible improbability within the foreseeable future of somebody winning three Olympic Games back to back or breaking a clutch of world records. It's the personality. And we do want athletes with personalities. You know, in the world of sort of slightly processed sporting characters it's nice to have somebody that has a view and fills a room and fills a stadium but you're not going to, you know, we could have been having these conversations in the 1970s and 1980s about Muhammad Ali; you're not going to replace Muhammad Ali but great athletes come along. There's probably more of a pressure on us now within the IAAF and within the federations as well to figure out how we are smarter about recognising and building up the profiles of great athletes out there and that's probably going to be a major... will be a major priority for us." STORY: IAAF President Sebastian Coe said on Monday (July 31) that Usain Bolt is the greatest sprinter of all time and described the Jamaican as a genius. Coe, who was speaking at the end of an IAAF Council meeting, compared Bolt Muhammad Ali, adding that eight-times Olympic champion would be missed when he retires after the IAAF World Championships in London. Coe went on to say he hopes Bolt will help the governing body in some shape or form in the future to help nurture the sport and keep it relevant to young people. Bolt, 30, will compete in the 100 metres and the 4x100-metre relay at the world championships as the Jamaican prepares to bid farewell to the sport he has dominated for the best part of the last decade. The world championships begin on Friday (August 4) and run for 10 days until August 13.

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"Genius" Usain Bolt is like Muhammad Ali, says Coe

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 01:44