Sport Lord Coe keen for athletics to find personalities to replace retiring Usain Bolt

01:06  13 august  2017
01:06  13 august  2017 Source:   Press Association

Lord Coe keen for athletics to find personalities to replace retiring Usain Bolt

  Lord Coe keen for athletics to find personalities to replace retiring Usain Bolt Lord Coe has called on the next generation of athletes to fill the void left by the retiring Usain Bolt. The president of the IAAF, athletics' world governing body, wants young stars to be allowed to show off their personalities. Bolt signed off a glittering career in the 4x100 metre relay at the World Championships in London on Saturday. He won bronze in the 100m last weekend, coming behind American duo Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman, to deny him a golden solo send-off.

Usain Bolt is a genius and has had as big an impact on athletics as Muhammad Ali did on boxing, says Lord Coe . Sprint legend Bolt , an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, is set to retire after the World Championships in London, which begin on Friday.

USAIN Bolt is a genius and has had as big an impact on athletics as Muhammad Ali did on boxing, says Lord Coe . Sprint legend Bolt , an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, is set to retire after the World Championships in London, which begin on Friday.

Lord Coe, left, told Usain Bolt he could have any role he wants with the IAAF: 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Three - London Stadium © PA WIRE 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Three - London Stadium

Lord Coe has called on the next generation of athletes to fill the void left by the retiring Usain Bolt.

The president of the IAAF, athletics' world governing body, wants young stars to be allowed to show off their personalities.

Bolt signed off a glittering career in agonising fashion on Saturday evening, pulling up injured on the anchor leg for Jamaica in the 4x100 metres relay at the World Championships in London.

He was also denied a golden solo send-off last weekend when he claimed bronze in the 100m, behind American duo Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman.

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Usain Bolt is a genius and has had as big an impact on athletics as Muhammad Ali did on boxing, says Lord Coe . Sprint legend Bolt , an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, is set to retire after the World Championships in London, which begin on Friday.

Usain Bolt is a genius and has had as big an impact on athletics as Muhammad Ali did on boxing, says Lord Coe . "You are not going to replace them," Coe told BBC Sport, adding he wants to help give other athletes the platform to "tell their own story".

But the 30-year-old, an eight-time Olympic champion and 100m and 200m world record holder, has shone with his big personality over the past decade, and Coe wants others to follow suit.

He said: "There's more need for us to demonstrate that we have some incredible talent. Look at the youth that's surfaced in these championships, it's the youngest cohort of medallists and winners. It's very good out there. We've just got to make sure that people know that.

"Having said that we're doing this with and for the athletes, I think the athletes have also got to realise that they've also got quite a sizeable part to play in this.

"I want athletes with opinions, I want them with views; sometimes they're going to be uncomfortable but I sense sometimes the agents and the managers are sitting there curtailing that kind of engagement.

David Beckham, Sir Mo Farah and Justin Gatlin pay tribute to Usain Bolt

  David Beckham, Sir Mo Farah and Justin Gatlin pay tribute to Usain Bolt Usain Bolt ended his glorious athletics career at London 2017 by limping out of the 4x100 metres relay on Saturday night. The Jamaican sprint king still ended his time on the track with 19 global titles, which includes eight Olympic gold medals.Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the tributes which have been paid to the 30-year-old.Justin Gatlin after beating Bolt in the 100m final:"Bolt is an electrifying character who has run sizzling times, mind-blowing times and throughout the years he has always kept it classy.

Former 1980, 1984 Olympic champion, Lord Coe has likened the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt to boxing legend, Muhammed Ali for his big impact on athletics as the latter did to boxing. “We are not going to replace Usain Bolt – not because you are not going to have a trophy cabinet full of three

Usain Bolt is a genius and has had as big an impact on athletics as Muhammad Ali did on boxing, says Lord Coe . Sprint legend Bolt , an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, is set to retire after the World Championships in London, which begin on Friday.

"We have a young reporters' programme from all backgrounds and they think our athletes are less communicative and less engaging and engaged than a lot of other sports.

"We've got to encourage the athletes to be themselves. When they are you (the media) are going to find them more interesting and I think the public will become more engaged. (Norway's 400m hurdle champion) Karsten Warholm, 21, is absolutely the sort of character we need in this sport."

Bolt is planning to work with the IAAF after his retirement, most likely in a youth engagement role, but Coe joked he was happy for the Jamaican to do what he wanted.

He added: "I was chatting to him before the (100m) medal ceremony and, slightly tongue-in-cheek, he looked at me and said, 'So what do you want me to do now, boss?'"

"And I went, 'Anything you want to do, really'."

Coe also presented Gatlin - twice banned for doping violations - with his 100m title with the 35-year-old booed on the podium.

"I'm not being remotely cavalier or particularly sanguine about it. It wasn't entirely unexpected," he said.

"I don't want to be in stadiums where athletes get booed but I'm not the thought police. People do feel strongly about it and I think it is really important that athletes recognise that that is the case.

"I'd have probably been slightly more concerned if it had been treated as business as usual. It wasn't the perfect script but I don't think it's defined these championships."

David Beckham, Mo Farah and Justin Gatlin pay tribute to Usain Bolt .
Usain Bolt ended his glorious athletics career at London 2017 by limping out of the 4x100 metres relay on Saturday night. The Jamaican sprint king still ended his time on the track with 19 global titles, which includes eight Olympic gold medals.Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the tributes which have been paid to the 30-year-old.Justin Gatlin after beating Bolt in the 100m final:"Bolt is an electrifying character who has run sizzling times, mind-blowing times and throughout the years he has always kept it classy.

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