Commonwealth Games seeking Indian sponsor for Bolt

NEW DELHI, India — Commonwealth Games organisers are desperate to find an Indian sponsor to try to encourage the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt to commit himself to the event in New Delhi next year.

The Jamaican world record holder over both the 100 and 200 metres, has so far kept his schedule for 2010 under wraps, but officials hope that if a big Indian company would guarantee his participation.

Suresh Kalmadi, the chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWOC), said: “The Organising Committee is looking for a Indian sponsor for Bolt."

An appearance from a star as big as Bolt would help elevate the Games to a global level.

Bolt won both the 100m and 200m at the recently concluded World Championships in Berlin last, adding to the collection he won at the Beijing Olympic Games last year.

The 23-year-old missed the 2006 Games in Melbourne because of injury and although he said at the World Championships that he hoped he could compete in the Indian capital, Bolt is leaving the decision to his coach Glen Mills.

"I think I’ll be going to the Commonwealth Games because they are at the end of the season next year," he said.

"But my coach will decide."

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