Friday, March 29, 2013
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has agreed to a J$75 million tax-free deal to compete in two events at the London Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium in July, the Daily Mail Online reported.
According to the newspaper, Bolt, the Olympic triple gold medal champion signed a contract to compete on both days of the Diamond League grand prix meeting on July 26 and 27.
The Mail reported Bolt's agent Ricky Simms as saying that they have been having positive negotiations, but there are "still some things to finalise".
"Details of the two events Bolt will be contesting are being kept secret until a formal announcement is made, though it is probable he will compete in one individual sprint race plus the 4x100m relay as he is unlikely to take part in both the 100m and 200m on consecutive days just a fortnight before the start of the World Championships in Moscow," the Daily Mail report added.
"Bolt had previously avoided competing in Britain because UK regulations meant he would be liable to pay tax on his multimillion-pound endorsement earnings, meaning that it would have cost him money to race here," the Daily Mail story said.
"His change of heart follows the decision of the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, revealed in February, to grant a "one-off" tax exemption for overseas athletes taking part in the London meet to make sure an all-star cast could be assembled for the anniversary celebrations," the Daily Mail reported.